Opponents of S. 1955, the small business health plan bill, today succeeded at blocking its passage through the Senate.
The bill would set up a system of insured, multistate small business association health plans along with a national health insurance regulatory system.
Democrats have been threatening to try to kill the bill by filibustering, or engaging in a seemingly endless debate against the bill in the Senate.
Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyo., the bill author, and other bill supporters have been trying to ward off the possibility of a filibuster by rounding up the 60 Senate votes needed to pass a cloture motion, or anti-filibuster measure.
Today, only 55 senators voted for the cloture motion.