On Tuesday, Republican lawmakers celebrated a victory as they reached a near consensus to begin the debate over healthcare, a debate which would ultimately result in a decisive vote to either repeal the ACA, repeal and replace the ACA, or to leave the ACA the hell alone.
And though the vote was decided happily by Vice President Mike Pence, leadership would quickly learn that one victorious vote would not shortly translate into others. The most recent attempt to shove an unvetted healthcare bill through the legislature fell flat on its face later that evening.
In a 43-47 vote, the Better Care Reconciliation Act failed with a shocking nine Republican Senators voting against it. Notably, Senator John McCain, who just hours earlier said he would vote against the healthcare bill as-is voted for the bill.