December 22nd, 2009
03:22 PM ET
9 months ago

Reid: Final Senate vote on health care bill Thursday morning

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday announced that the Senate would vote on its health care bill on Thursday morning.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday announced that the Senate would vote on its health care bill on Thursday morning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Senate will hold its final vote on a sweeping health care bill Thursday morning under an agreement announced Tuesday by Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The vote had been expected about 12 hours later, on the night of Christmas Eve, due to Republican delay tactics to try to hold off the measure, which Reid has insisted be passed before Christmas.


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  1. Christine

    Yes - the health care bill is a gift wrapped in golden paper - but underneath is a rope that will hang our taxes to our throat, cut on medicare by billions - and we all say "THANK YOU? For giving us a health care bill that good hard working americans had to pay for Nelson's state from being exempt" Maybe we should all move to Senator Nelson's state.

    December 22, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Jean

    Great Bill! Thanks to the democartic Party of the United States of American under the Great leadership of President Barack Obama. This will be a bright Christmas of hope for the majority of Americans who are being treated as second class citizens being denied of health care coverage by the rich including the Republican Party.

    For decades the democratic Party has been fighting for the less fortunate Americans who are disadvantaged by a health system which favors the wealthy. Now is the time for history's course to change and it is for reason why Americans elected Barack at this point in history...to change how things are done in Washington. The Republicans in government are only interested in making sure that they and their rich cronies are enjoying the benefite of health-care coverage. They care less about the Millions of middle class families who are suffering as we speak as a result of lack of accessibility to the benefits which the Republican leaders take for granted.

    God Bless President Barack Obama and the democratic who has always been the party of the less fortunate.

    Bravo Obama...good job. I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

    December 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Brian from NJ

    The leaders of the insurance companies could not possibly have imagined their great fortune after being demonized throughout this entire process... looking at how their stocks did yesterday tells me exactly who won in this debate (hint: it is not the American taxpayer)

    – Aetna: up 4.7% to $34
    – Cigna: up 3.9% to $37.20
    – UnitedHealth: up 2% to $32.20

    2010 election cycle campaign donations as a % of total contributions:

    – Insurance Dems 57%
    – Pharma: Dems 61%
    – Healthcare Professionals: Dems 63%
    – Lawyers: Dems 83%

    It is NOT only the Republicans who got bought...

    December 22, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. victim of the false prophet OBAMA

    this is such a great bill that obama, the senate and the house are exempt from joining into it....good ol' harry.

    December 22, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Jane/Seattle

    conservative: Has everyone lost their minds in this nation? This bill is a giveaway to the Healthcare Lobby to whom so many in government are Beholden! Socialism in America started a long time ago and it is the Rich who benefit from this tacit "Policy"!!! That we think WE are represented is the True MYTH So Many Believe. Pensions to Government Workers, Oficials, Past Participants: All of it is NOT Socialism! Socialism was conceived to Benefit EVERYONE. In American Socialized Programs, some benefit, some do not. Police, Fire, Soc. Security, and some others are funded by the Commons For the Commons. IT IS THE RULING Class that gets TRUE Socialism for We The Poor to the Middle Class are Forced to Pay for their Wants-NOT Needs! Were we to get truly "Progressive", we'd be able to stand back and see just how crazy this current argument is and just how it is engineered to look like Debate! IF Karl Marx were here, he'd say just what he said about those who twisted his deas when he was still alive to witness it! He said, "I am NO Marxist"! Those who twist this for personal gain are the same as those who have Perverted the messages of our very own Founding Fathers! The Commons=Everyone! We need to form programs that benefit Everyone! What we have now is an Oligarchy twisted to look like the Democracy these never fail to remind us that we Are (NOT)! What a sad joke on America that the conservatives rail against the last vestiges of American freedom and ignore the main culprits – Neo"Cons"!

    December 22, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Republicans, REALLY???

    You would rather spend useless hours trying to change the course of history when the decision is already made? You can't won't win, and it SEEMS like you don't want to go home to your families for the Holidays... OR, maybe they don't want you after having "failed" them and the party and your puppet masters by not derailing this bill. Or maybe they are embarrassed by your stand on this issue and don't agree that the millions in campaign bribes – er, contributions are worth the humanity you have to give up to get it.

    As has already been said, I'll remember every obstructionist (including Democrats) and do what I can to obstruct their return to Government. Pushing the bill across the finish line, down hill, at the last minute isn't worth much after having thrown so many road blocks in the way, and/or having taken so much more for your support.

    December 22, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Desert Denizen

    The Democrats were willing to stay as long as it took to get the job done, and the Bush/Cheney/Reagan crowd threw in the towel. On behalf of Working America: THANK YOU Democrats in Congress!

    December 22, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. File under "Sarcasm"

    I sure hope he's got all the necessary bribes in the bill to insure his 60 votes. Of course, only the smart Democrats like Landrieu and Nelson held out for the big bucks. The dumb ones went along just for party unity. Harry must be laughing out loud in his private office that he only had to pay a few millions to a couple of Senators to pass a trillion dollar scam.

    December 22, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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