WATCH: Gasps, applause echo in Senate chamber after McCain votes 'no' on healthcare repeal

SAN DIEGO (AP and KGTV) -- Washing Senators are remembering John McCain's momentous vote against a Republican effort to repeal the Obama-era health law. 

Of those remembering McCain is Sen Susan Collins, who told CNN's "State of the Union" that she and GOP colleague Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — both repeal opponents — spoke to McCain before the July 2017 vote because they knew he was struggling with the decision.

Collins says he pointed to them and simply said, "You two are right!"

Vice President Mike Pence was waiting to speak with McCain next, Collins says, but she knew McCain's "no" decision would stick. 

Collins said, "Once John McCain made up his mind about something, there was no shaking him."

McCain would later famously hold up his hand and vote no, ending the measure. Following the vote, audible gasps could be heard throughout the room, as well as applause. 

The 81-year-old Arizona Republican died Saturday of brain cancer.

Watch the moment McCain voted no in the player below: 

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