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Watch The Shocking Moment John McCain Killed The Republican Health Care Bill

There is so much going on in this clip. I can't stop watching.

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While you were sleeping, Senate Republicans held a late-night vote to try to pass their last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare — but it all failed when Sen. John McCain bucked the party line and voted against the bill.

McCain joined two other GOP senators — Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, who had consistently objected to the repeal efforts — to vote against the so-called skinny repeal.

In a statement issued after the vote, McCain said he supported replacing Obamacare but objected to the provisions of this particular proposal and the highly partisan manner in which it was being achieved.

The skinny repeal "offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens," McCain said.

Here's video of the exact moment McCain strolled into the Senate chamber at 1:29 a.m. and voted no with a thumbs-down.

Like Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator, McCain then makes a thumbs-down gesture, killing the bill. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell watches on grimly with his arms folded, as other GOP senators hang their heads in disappointment.


Here, take another look and soak up some dramatic parliamentary procedure.

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David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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