US Senate blocks final bid to scale back Obamacare as Republicans reject 'skinny' repeal

US Senate blocks final bid to scale back Obamacare as Republicans reject 'skinny' repeal

US Senate blocks final bid to scale back Obamacare as Republicans reject 'skinny' repeal

Updated 28 July 2017, 16:10 AEST

A last-ditch attempt to repeal parts of Obamacare fails in the US Senate, after three Republicans including Senator John McCain voted against the slimmed-down bill, delivering a political blow to President Donald Trump.

The US Senate's attempt to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has failed.

At least three Republicans — John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski — voted against the bill.

It was voted down by 51 votes to 49.

The so-called "skinny" repeal, which would have scaled back some of the more controversial provisions, is the third attempt to repeal Obamacare.

More to come.