Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) lost the first floor battle of the healthcare reform debate Wednesday when 12 Democrats and one Independent joined all Republicans to defeat a bill to halt Medicare cuts affecting doctors. The $247 billion bill, which would have imposed a 10-year freeze on cuts in Medicare payments to doctors, was an important part of Reids plan for passing the broader healthcare reform bill later this year. But Reid couldnt secure enough votes to bring the bill up for debate, with the procedural vote failing 47-53. Miscalculation delivers loss on Medicare doctor's fix for Majority Leader Reid - TheHill.com so much for it's the "party of no" blocking this doctor fix.. The setback immediately raised questions among fellow Democrats over Reids handling of healthcare reform strategy and gave Republicans an opening. The GOP wasted no time in pouncing on Reid, who is facing a difficult reelection next year.