The Republicans hurried and harrowing effort to pass a bill repealing, and ideally replacing, the Affordable Care Act, faced persistent opposition from two Republican senators: Lisa Murkowski from Alaska and Susan Collins from Maine. Sidelined from the Republican leadership’s main working group at the beginning of the process, the two lawmakers repeatedly voiced their concerns about the bill – Murkowski: Give us the time. Collins: I don’t think that’s a good approach – in the face of growing pressure from their party and Increasingly personal, sometimes gendered attacks as the vote got closer. Collins and Murkowski’s main concerns with the Republicans’ multiple health-care proposals were related to the lack of transparency and bipartisanship in the drafting phases and the funding cuts to Medicaid and Planned Parenthood. Protesters: What do we want? Healthcare! When do we want it? Now! When voting started, Collins and Murkowski were the only two senators to vote against every Republican measure proposed – Vice President Pence: On this vote, the yays are 50 and the nays are 50. the motion to proceed to debate Presiding officer: the motion is not agreed to and all three GOP health-care plans – Presiding officer: the amendment is not agreed to … the amendments not agreed to even as multiple Republicans tried to convince Murkowski to vote for the final “skinny repeal” bill on the Senate floor. Ms. Murkowski? No. With the Republicans’ seven-year push to erase the ACA halted, the senators may get their wish to work more deliberatively on a bipartisan health-care bill.