Analysis: After the failure of the Republicans’ ‘skinny repeal’ bill, the Affordable Care Act faces hurdles – but the president’s assessment may be overblown

In a stunning blow to Donald Trump’s legislative agenda, Republican senators were overnight unable to pass a bill to undo major parts of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, the health reform law considered Obama’s signature achievement.

Their efforts failed because three senators, including John McCain of Arizona, who had returned to the Senate after brain surgery, voted against the measure, after a process criticized as rushed, opaque and deeply flawed.

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