November 19th, 2009
02:25 PM ET
13 years ago

Senate to vote Saturday on opening debate on health care bill

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Senate to vote Saturday on opening debate on health care bill '"] Washington (CNN)– The Senate will vote Saturday on opening debate on the sweeping health care bill introduced by Democrats, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.

At a celebratory news conference the day after unveiling the 2,074-page bill, Reid and other leading Senate Democrats touted it as long overdue reform that will provide health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans while reducing the federal deficit.

Republicans have vowed to try to block the bill, requiring Reid to round up 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to overcome a GOP filibuster and launch debate.

The Democratic caucus is composed of 58 Democratic senators and two independents. However, some conservative and moderate Democrats have expressed concern with provisions in the health care bill.

Asked Thursday if he had the votes to launch debate, Reid said: "We'll find out."

Filed under: Harry Reid • Health care • Senate
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Jose

    Obstructionists = Republians

    I'm glad I'm no longer a registered republican.

    November 19, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. southerncousin

    Reid is such a dolt. I wonder if he is the dumbest Senate majority leader in history, and then you look at Barbara Boxer, no wonder this congress is so bad.

    November 19, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. Billy

    GO FO IT, Do not let it go, you are all going to make history and American people will always remember you for this , also prove that you can not bought by the Insurance Co. I think moderate GOP should joine and be part of this history making. put the country first than the party , otherwise keep in mind you all are going to be kicked out in the next election. Good Luck you all Democrates......................

    November 19, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Gee

    I don't know what anybody else is doing, but if my senators vote for any of this healthcare reform crap, I will be voting against them in the next election! AMERICAL DOES NOT WANT NOR CAN IT AFFORD THIS BILL!!

    November 19, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. donttreadonme

    Drop the Government option and the bill will pass or like libs usually do cut of your noses to spite your faces!

    "while reducing the federal deficit." How is this even printed with out a fact check?

    November 19, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Anyone betting on a filibuster against opening debate? What are you so afraid of GOPers? It's just debate, not voting on whether to pass nothing constructive to add to the discussion or afraid that your nonsense fabrications about health care reform will finally be exposed for what they are? Afraid to stand up for what you profess to believe in and want to take the underhanded way out? It's because you know that true, honest, fact-based debate and argument on this issue is your position's "death panel." Pull the plug on your silly partisan ideological games, grow a pair, man up and engage in real debate using evidence...not fabrications like "death panels" or chicanery like holding up your staff person's baby on the floor of Congress and saying the little guy doesn't want health care reform because it will take away his mommy's insurance. At elast Grayson cited FACTS to support his accusation that your plan is "die quick"...all you people have is "this is how we believe the world is supposed to work." Guess what? It doesn't!

    November 19, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. James Michael Roberson

    Please pass this reform we need it so bad.

    November 19, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. worriedmom

    Harry why dont you have every single person read the bill before they vote and they must sign saying they read every last word!! what a joke the Democrats have become. Put thru something, who cares what it looks like.
    Harry I hope you are on your way out and please take your girlfriend Pelosi with you!

    November 19, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Ryan

    The Healthcare bill HAS to pass if we're gonna call ourselves a 1st world country. It's embarrassing how every other nation has a better system than we do and NONE of them have ever opted to model their healthcare like ours for a reason!

    However, the ONLY clause in this bill that's lame is incurring a fine on people who don't purchase health insurance starting at 95.00 to 750.00 by 2016... – Forcing people to make a purchase of any kind is un-American. In NH, the live free or die state – you have the OPTION of wearing a helmet on a motorcycle... if you don't and you squish your brains out, it's your fault and problem... simple common sense.
    The same should apply to the public option.
    The pros do outweigh the cons on this bill however.

    November 19, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Get Smart

    They dang well better not pass this bill unless medicare is updated to the standards of the Congressmen's health plan.

    November 19, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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