December 20th, 2009
06:52 PM ET
8 months ago

Senate pushes to pass bill by holiday

 'I think it's time for a vote,' Sen. Durbin, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat said Sunday.
'I think it's time for a vote,' Sen. Durbin, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat said Sunday.

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats braved the aftermath of a blizzard Sunday to continue their push to pass a sweeping health care bill before Christmas.

The Senate began an all-day session, to be followed by a crucial vote scheduled for after midnight, on changes crafted by Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada to gain support for the bill from all 60 members of the Democratic caucus.

With Republicans unanimously opposed, Democrats need the support of their entire caucus to overcome a filibuster and move to a final vote on the bill later this week.

"We have had a long, arduous and I think sometimes taxing debate to reach this moment," said Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chamber's second-ranking Democrat, to open the session. "I think it's time for a vote."

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Scott L

    You liberals are getting what you asked for. YAAAY! Can't wait until your insurance costs actually GO UP under this monstrosity. You'll be left holding the bag and paying for illegals to get free care. When they are in line in front of you, you just remember, you voted for it.

    You idiots fell for Obama, Pelosi and Reid's socialist agenda hook line and sinker.

    Good luck to all. Watch how the stock market tanks week after christmas on news this legislation passed. Foreign investors are gonna bail on USA so fast, but no matter Obama will just keep trying to spend his way out of debt.

    December 20, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Scott L

    Split right down party lines. This is ridiculous.

    Even a liberal senator should say to themselves...hey wait a minute 40% of our country is upset about this and we are just voting for it because we were told to by almighty lord and savior Obama.

    Yet none of them have the backbone to even think that.

    Throw them all out in 2010.

    December 20, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. We can always repeal it

    A snow job seems appropriate.

    December 20, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Mr. Durbin.......

    Healthcare reform will die in the House.......if you remember, they passed a bill with a public option.....it has been taken away from them.....
    they have nothing, not even abortion rights....watch for the revolt....

    December 20, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    It's about time they worked.

    Maybe they should have spent August working instead of pushing their Death Panel lies all over the country.

    December 20, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Dean

    If the senate Democrats have their way, their Christmas gift for the American people will be the "shaft".

    December 20, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. Hendrik

    Now is the time to be on the right side of history and PASS THIS BILL. So many roadblocks, so much nasty Republican behavior. NOW IS THE TIME

    December 20, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Denna

    I hope all of the Democrats get on board. The Republicans are in overdrive trying to derail the health care bill even though we clearly need it. Now the Republicans want to demand that the entire bill be read. Lazy so-and-so's should read it for themselves.

    December 20, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. terry,va

    The CBO has already adjusted their Enron accounting style report and has said that the bill will not save as much as they thought. No kidding! It won't save anything and in fact will add billions to the deficit because they are relying on a 21% cut to doctors/hospitals on Medicare reimbursements. It has never happened in the past and as recent as a couple months ago congress paid 200 billion plus dollars out to the so called "doctor's fix." Remember when the crooks in congress separated that out of the health care bill so they could say that the bill would not add to the deficit? No one with a brain the size of a pea, would think that adding 30 million people to the Medicare/Medicaid system which is already on the brink of bankruptcy, is not going to add to the deficit and reduce the level of care.

    December 20, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. S Callahan- God IS helping America!

    It's my hope all of you that are in the 'race' to pass this bill at least take the time to say a prayer before you vote.....you will be accountable.

    December 20, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. ran

    The GOP are going to have a rude awakening in 2010 and 2012 because they will lose not win.

    We will not go back to fear, hate, obstructionism, party over people, special interest over people, have Government tell us who we can marry, deny a woman her right to choose, to whom and where we have to pray.

    The Republicans will not gain because they are on the wrong side of history.

    People either vote for a Democrat or Independent in 2010 and 2012.

    December 20, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    And for all you naysayers, 60 years is not rushing it.

    December 20, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. TOTUS

    Comedy and Tragedy at the same time. This bill is so full of pure pork and nothing but HUGE future taxes, big government and poor health care for the people that is would be hysterical if not so devastating.

    On the bright side, many of these loony Dems have signed their political death warrants. So bye-bye Reid, Nelson and many many more of your comrads in the house and senate. No one will miss you.

    December 20, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. David

    Kill the bill and start all over. Senate has rewarded the Health Insurance industry more money like candy is given to children as a reward for good behavior. With public option there will be no competition where the Insurance Industry will continue to rip the American people again,

    December 20, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. Dan, TX

    Republicans are not helping. Elect conservative, moderate, or liberal Democrats. We don't need any republicans anymore.

    December 20, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. Loup Garou 782

    "Senate pushes to pass bill by holiday"

    Are you trying to say they want to pass a bill before the Christmas recess, but don't have the guts to use the phrase "CHRISTMAS?

    Just say it, it doesn't hurt one bit. CHRISTMAS.

    December 20, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    If the health care reform bill has become a consumer protection bill, we should get rid of mandates. Without Public Option or a Medicare expansion, you can't justify for mandates. Are we going to give free care plus free room and board to lots of citizens in jail because they cannot afford the premiums or the fine?

    December 20, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  18. Albo58

    Durbin is such a loser! He and his leadership throw bribes at the "moderates" of his party and pretend like they are really working on a well-thougt out health care bill. What a joke!

    December 20, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. Willy Brown

    Here's another Senator who has never work a honest day in his life is now going to ruin mine.

    December 20, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. unemployed by Obama and now a TPN member

    lookie, new fines and jail for some by Christmas, brought to you by Obama and the Demon Congress.

    December 20, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. jules sand-perkins

    You bet it's a "taxing debate," Senator Durbin!
    My taxes.
    Somebody else's health-care insurance.

    And somebody else's election in 2010 and 2012.

    December 20, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. Jim

    I've examined and compared the features of the reform bills crafted by the House and Senate. Both bills meet our critical need to 1) contain health care costs, 2) regulate the insurance marketplace, 3) bring coverage to millions of uninsured indivuals, and 4) reduce the deficit by $100 to $130 billion (according to tne non-partisan Congressional Budget Office) By accomplishing this feat, we Americans have much to be thankful for this Cristmas!

    December 20, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. jh

    what a joke.

    December 20, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Bob of Lompoc

    Might get a vote, unless the sissy Loser Party Republicans pull another dirty trick. Do ya think?

    December 20, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. I am the flacid and powerless wizard of Rush

    Senator Corburn (R-Aetna) said that he "prayed" that other senators wouldn't make the vote tonight.
    I pray that the Lord will smite him with a debilitating disease and somehow cancel his cadillac coverage

    December 20, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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