December 22nd, 2009
08:51 AM ET
7 months ago

Senate health care bill moves closer to final passage

The Senate moved closer to passing health care reform Tuesday as Democrats revised an $871 billion bill and voted to end debate on the measure.
The Senate moved closer to passing health care reform Tuesday as Democrats revised an $871 billion bill and voted to end debate on the measure.

Washington (CNN) - The Senate moved closer to passing health care reform Tuesday as Democrats revised an $871 billion bill and voted to end debate on the measure.

The Senate voted 60 to 39 - along strict party lines - to adopt changes negotiated by Majority Leader Harry Reid and close deliberations on the sweeping measure.

Those two actions kept the Senate on track for a final vote on Christmas Eve on whether to approve the massive bill to reform health care, President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.


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  1. southerncousin

    Surely there must be some more bribes Reid can offer someone to make this unpalatable pile of dung sweeter. No one has yet explained how it is that we pay taxes for 10 years to get a 6 year program and it isn't a deficit buster. Also what about that $21 billion in doctor pay they took out that they plan to restore. Sounds kind of like Obamanomics and we can see from the stimulus program how great that is.

    December 22, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Geez, you neoclowns say "socialism" like it's a bad thing. How's that unregulated capitalism going for ya? How much have your real wages increased compared to inflation over the last decade? Not so much, huh? That's a shame. Maybe we should give more tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy. They will, in turn, start companies and create all sorts of fair paying jobs with benefits..... Oh wait. We tried that for the last 30 years and it didn't work. Have a nice day!

    December 22, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Mike

    I am a union member paying $4.80 an hour for insurance. (that's right $768.00 per month.) Yes the so called "Cadillac Plan". I am already paying for the uninsured, Why the Hell should I have to now pay for the insured? I am all for reform, but I am not going to pay for it all. Find another way !

    December 22, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. katiec

    Although the Health Care Reform is not perfect it is the step in the right direction allowing what we so desperately need to materialize.
    There will be amendments, improvements etc before final passage.
    With a political party so strongly opposing anything and everything, regardless of merits or benefits, it has been a long, hard struggle.
    When every republican in the House voted against Finance Reform, when they tried to fillibuster funds for our troops, sacrificing the American people for party first, big business and win at any cost, it
    has to tell us that they are willing and support our being the victims.
    They are a disgrace and a black mark on what our political system
    is supposed to represent.
    The whole world is watching and scratching their heads trying to understand what these politicians are trying to do to our country.

    December 22, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Katie

    It's absolutely chilish how Republicans are acting. My six year old brother has better manners.

    December 22, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. mjm

    I don't know if we are getting any "reform". We won't see any coverage for "health care" until 2014.

    We are defiantly getting the "bill".

    Great plan.

    December 22, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Bill

    Has anyone mention the fact that this bill is a mandate for insurance. In this bill you will be required to PURCHASE insurance or face fines and possible jail time. No one will be given insurance or coverage. Some people will be given subsidies but money will still have to come out of their pockets to make up the difference. Since the senate bill will have provisions in it to allow private insurance companies to sell you this insurance it seems to me this is a BIG bailout for the insurance industry. AARP is now advertizing it brand of insurance for those under 55 years of age , they stand to make billions out of this deal!!!!!!

    December 22, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. billy123

    I am tired of the GOP yaping all is bad. I just remember in 2001 though January 19, 2007 where was the GOP plan for health care? The GOP controlled all branches of government. and the America public did not hear a word. All the GOP stands for tax cuts for the rich and bring the country to the clift of destruction.

    December 22, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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