As Thursday night turned into Friday morning, the U.S. Senate — by a vote of 51-49 — defeated the “skinny repeal” proposal pushed by Republican leaders as a measure to replace parts of the Affordable Care Act.
That left GOP leaders in a familiar position: starting over on a health care bill.
On Morning Edition, Denis O’Hayer got some thoughts on the dynamics behind the vote — and what’s next— from political strategists Brian Robinson and Tharon Johnson.
Robinson is a Republican who served as deputy chief of staff and communications director for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. Johnson is a Democrat, who was national southern regional director for the Obama 2012 campaign.
Also in this edition of the Political Breakfast: Thoughts on President Donald Trump’s tweet, in which he announced a ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military.
And in the expanded version: A look at the president’s Twitter barrage against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the endorsement by Rep. John Lewis in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.