Ted Cruz health plan dealt a blow in Senate vote

WASHINGTON – A proposal containing Sen. Ted Cruz‘s measure to allow insurers to sell skimpier, low-cost policies next to Obamacare plans was voted down in the Senate Tuesday night.

The Texas Republican‘s “Consumer Freedom Option” was part of the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

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The vote came after Republicans were able to break an impasse and begin debating a long-delayed health care bill on the Senate floor.

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The 57-43 vote was three shy of the 60 needed to pass a procedural hurdle to advance the latest version of the bill.

The vote was among the first of dozens that are expected in the coming days as Republicans seek to fashion Obamacare replacement legislation.

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