Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell revealed this weekend the first thing that came to mind when his latest push to pass legislation that sought to dismantle Obamacare fell apart last month.
"I choose not to dwell on situations where we come up a little bit short," McConnell, R-Ky., said on Saturday a Republican event in Kentucky.
"Even on the night when we came up one vote short of our dream to repeal and replace Obamacare, here's the first thing I thought about: feel better, Hillary Clinton could be president," he added, according to WFPL.
The so-called "skinny repeal" bill failed by a 51-49 vote count in the early hours of July 28, after three Republicans, including Arizona Sen. John McCain, joined all Democrats and independents to vote "no" on the bill.
The moment McCain cast the 51st vote became an Internet sension, with a viral video showing McConnell standing, arms crossed, as his smile turned into a frown as McCain gave a quick thumbs down on the Senate floor.
McCain and Pence left the floor together while the #SkinnyRepeal vote was taking place, but only the Senator returned - and killed the bill. pic.twitter.com/jDOi5xT6n4— Luis Gil Abinader (@abinader) July 28, 2017
The intention behind the bare-bones bill was to get it passed so lawmakers in the Senate could have a conference with the House on how to develop it into a form that could pass both chambers. However, McCain later explained he voted against the bill because he wasn't confident that the "skinny" bill eventually would not become law.
McConnell added that he is willing to work with Democrats to make progress on healthcare, on the condition that they have "real reforms" in mind.