December 22nd, 2009
03:22 PM ET
11 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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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. conservative

    One more step in the socialist degradation of America! Karl Marx is smiling!

    December 22, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Mississippi Mrs.

    What's the hurry Harry? It won't be helping the uninusured until 2013.

    It will be hurting every single American as soon as the taxes become apparent to the mindless obamanots that you coerced votes from.

    Goodnight Harry. Merry Christmas.

    December 22, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I will remember all of this republican obstructionism next fall and so will the rest of America.

    R.I.P. G.O.P.

    December 22, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Michelle

    Will there be any protests on Capital Hill??

    December 22, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. John independent from NY

    JUst Say NO, please this bill stinks like manure

    December 22, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Bob in Pa

    Horses Patout !

    December 22, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Santa Claus, I'm no expert but....

    Merry Christmas, insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Here's your big taxpayer funded giveaway! Ho Ho Ho! Sorry, little people, no real reform in your stocking this year. Here, have a lump of coal. Please don't burn it, my toy factory is sinking into the tundra due to melting permafrost. Have a nice day!

    December 22, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Eric

    The U.S. was bankrupted by Obama
    When they passed health reform Christmas eve
    You may think there's no such thing as Satan
    But incarnate as Obama, we believe!

    December 22, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Robin

    For all of you begging for a Government Handout, didn't your parents ever tell you, "If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is"?

    Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

    December 22, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    GOOD LUCK MR. REID, WE CAN ONLY HOPE YOUR GREAT EFFORTS WILL PREVALE. GOD BLESS YOU AND THE DEMOCRATES THAT VOTE FOR THE RIGHTS OF AMERICANS . and to the many liers ,your day will come ,and you will be left behind broke and unwanted. but don't fear like you have made most of america . we americans will stop and pick youi up dust you off and help you regain some dignaty.. not sure why we would but hey thats what true americans do . even for the few people that have tried to screw us every day . the big corporations don't care who you are just that you will do there bidding. evil has come to its last party ( republican) and it is going to loose . pandoras box is open and america will win back the right to choose a fair option for health insurance . the days of rape and pillage are soon to be over .
    TIME FOR THE CARPET BAGGERS OF WASHINGTON TO PACK UP AND LEAVE. lobbiest for insurance companies greed .

    MERRY CHRISTMAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF (YES WE CAN )
    AND TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES . THANKYOU FOR PUTTING YOUR BRAND NEW JOB ON THE LINE AND BELEIVING IN US
    YOU HAVE BEEN AND SHALL ALLWAYS BE THE BEST OF THE BEST

    GARY DAVIS HARBOR OREGON
    WISHING OUR TROOPS , THE PRESIDENT AND AMERICA A SAFE CHRISTMAS :)

    December 22, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. Mark L.

    GOD BLESS YOU HARRY REID !! GOD BLESS YOU NANCY PELOSI !! GOD BLESS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY !! We Are Making History Once Again !! First it was FDR, then LBJ and Now BHO !! Isn't it funny how a Republican has NEVER passed any constructive legislation for the GOOD and WELL-BEING of this GREAT NATION of Ours !! Shame on YOU, Grand Ol' Plunderers (GOP), SHAME ON YOU !!

    December 22, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Laverne

    Go for it! Of course the republicans are working overtime to try and stop this so expect much opposition over the next several days.

    @ Mississippi Mrs. There are many reforms that will take place immediately and other reforms that won't go into effect until 2013, what are you another republican who can't read??

    December 22, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. For HRC IN NC

    Thank You Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Give us the time so I will not miss the vote. What a great day it will be for our country when this bill is passed. May God Bless Our Country, President Obama and his family and the Democrats that really care about Americans.

    December 22, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Guess the southen republicans are anxious to go home and pick up their new Christmas Sheets.

    December 22, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. artraveler

    Schedule it at 3:00 am so they can make their planes and a reminder to the Republicans that they lost the last election.

    December 22, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. DEM in HI

    How disgusting this bill is and the news media coverage has been equally disgusting. I hope lawyers look at this people and challenge it for the following reasons: 1. How does the federal government "FORCE" people to get health insurance? What about the homeless, the poor, and those that cannot afford it? 2. How does one state get a tax break from ever having to pay into a federal program, and the rest of us will have to pay and make up for their exclusion? 3. The news media never discussed the provision in this garbage bill that forbids future bills from modifying this bill. How can you ban future bills from changing a piece of any bill? This is unconstitutional.

    Hate to say it, but Health Care reform has shown both parties are out of touch with reality. Neither side talked about how to solve the shortage of doctors and nurses, ridiculously high malpractice premiums, the high cost of medical technology, high cost of medical insurance premiums, and how the rich can get better treatment. Amazing how Congress exempted themselves from this coverage – hypocrites. Wish I had the same coverage opportunities that they passed for themselves.

    I consider myself an Independent moderate. However, both sides have been terrible examples of how our government is supposed to function. Hopefully everyone remembers to vote all of them out of office and lets get some new blood in office. Let's send a message to both parties that we want People who will represent the people, not special interest groups. Isn't this what our forefathers fought for when they stated in the Declaration of Independence "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

    December 22, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. PA Conservative

    Based on where our congress is taking us, the only real solution is term limits. Since it takes the congress to implement term limits, it will never happen. So, with that said, I now affiliate myself with a new un-official party, the "Anti-Incumbent Party".

    Who out there will join me to help save out constitution and country?

    December 22, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Bill or Vin from Philly

    no public option+ no medicare buy in, = independent,....... the working person bends over again

    December 22, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. billy123

    The GOP should be ashamed they know they do not have the votes and they continue this BS.

    Yes Senator McCain who does not know what is going on hear. If that is the case you need to retire ASAP.

    December 22, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Jim

    Lets see, Democrats created if you base it off the sitting president and his policies:
    Social Security
    Medicare
    Medicaid
    All of which are broke and now they will implement another good idea with very little chance of it succeeding because as hard as they try they just cant pay for everything. They have the worst track record of managing to pay for things. Since they are focused on this so much they will drop the ball on other things like defense as what happened in the Clinton years and they some nut like Osama will pull off the unthinkable.

    I think I may have to do what Liberals did during the Bush years leave the country, so I will not have to pay for this garbage legislation anymore. I will never reap the benifit of any of these programs because they will be further bankrupt with this healthcare fiasco.

    December 22, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Change In America

    Hurry up and get this bill pass so we can focus on voting the Republicans out the office and Griffin, Lieberman, Nelson, etc out the office.

    December 22, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    I guess that way if he doesn't get all of the votes he was promised he still has time to take back the lavish gifts he bought on the taxpayer's credit card before Christmas.

    December 22, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. M Carroll

    does anyone else read these things..my god the hate that fills most of these emails is just crazy..dems and repubs alike. focus on the topic and let the hate go. haryy is doing some shaddy things but is that new...I doubt it. the problem is its not about votes any longer, its about who gets what for their vote

    December 22, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Well, looks like the cons decided to stop the procedural moves that would have taken it until Christmas Eve.

    Guess they decided it was better to get back to coven or the "christian" cabals before the holidays.

    December 22, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. gt

    harry reid looks like the grinch who stole christmas.....he comes in from the middle of the night ..... instead of stealing presents from whoville,, he is steal money from all of the tax payers.. but its just 300 million here,,, 300 million there,,, but who is counting ,,, there not counting in nebraska.....

    December 22, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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