Bills

One version of GOP health-care bills fails in Senate vote

The first version of a health-care bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act fell far short of passage in the Senate Tuesday night following a close vote earlier in the day to move to debate health legislation at all. The version that was defeated 43-57 was titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act and included an amendment from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz that would have allowed insurers to sell bare-bones plans. The version also left in place two taxes on higher-income earners. The Senate is expected to act on two other versions of the bill perhaps as early as Wednesday.

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