"What are junk insurance plans? It’s in the name. Junk," said Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM).
The effort by Senate Democrats drew a veto threat from the White House - the first of the Trump Administration - but in the end, it wasn't needed.
"The new rule will increase choices for Americans facing escalating premiums and will create flexible options that are not currently present in the individual market," the White House argued.
“Americans want and need more options for health care coverage – not fewer," said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA).
"I come down on the side of more choices for consumers," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), as she said too many people were paying the penalty for not having insurance under the Obama health law, because they could not afford to pay for health insurance coverage.
"Thank goodness the vote forced by Democrats on short-term limited duration health insurance did not succeed," said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). "Overturning this rule is a vote against affordable health insurance."
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said the message from Democrats was simple: "We're going to keep your costs for health care so high that you can't afford it."