December 24th, 2009
09:55 AM ET
9 years ago

Next step: Turn two health care bills into one

(CNN) - The Senate on Thursday passed its version of the health care bill, inching the country closer to the biggest expansion of medical coverage since Medicare was enacted more than four decades ago.

Senate Democrats declared victory after the 60-39 party line vote, but one of the most complicated tasks is still ahead.

A conference committee must reconcile the differences - notably a public option, how to pay for the plan that emerges and coverage for abortion - and merge them into one.

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  1. Lisa

    Let's go with the house version! The senate version is wrong on so many levels. Nancy Pelosi got it right by including the public option and getting it done. If she had control over the senate i'm sure the public option will be included. Harry Reid & Obama failed us by not including the public option.

    December 24, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Dont' blame me

    I feel the we Americans have been Screwgged, for Christmas, along party lines by the Grinches in the democRATic party. Thise is far worse than getting one of those old hard fruitcakes for Christmas and will cost us all dearly.

    Our only hope at this point is for the Attorney General of the State of Texas and those of several other states that are planning to challenge this bill as to its constitutionality base on several sweetheart deals, including the one to Ben Nelson and the state of Nebraska.

    The next step is for all of us to get out there and to VOTE all of the the BUM’s that voted for this legislation out of office the next time that they run.

    December 24, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. jacq

    I don't blame the Dems for shaping the bill their way and what ever perks they state got,they tried to work with the republicans,they would even come to the table,and if they did it was crap they were bringing.I'll take something then nothing

    December 24, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Jordan

    Whatever the next steps may be, let's start being sincere in calling this bill what it is, a health care EXPANSION bill - it "reforms" absolutely nothing.

    December 24, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. SocialismBad

    So how many more backroom bribes are the Democrats going to make to get this healthcare disaster forced down our throats? The House Democrats will have to compromise ALL of their values concerning the public option just to get something passed, which appears to be all that matters at this point.

    The Democrats actually think rushing through a disastrous bill that will affect every person's healthcare in this country and cost us TRILLIONS when we're BROKE is a great victory??!!

    We need the ability to recall politicans when they act against the citizens' and countrys wishes and best interest. Allowing them to retain their office for another year further endangers all Americans and this country.

    December 24, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Perusing-Through

    FINALLY, AFTER 77 YEARS . . . Hooray for the Democratic Party! 🙂

    President Franklin Roosevelt and Democrats proposed national health reform during his campaign in 1932. The Democrats continued to fight for health reform since the Great Depression.

    History will smile on the Democrats once more as the People's Party, the same party that brought the nation out of the Great Depression that was shuttled in by Republicans; and the same party ushered in a Social Security program that allows seniors to have a little something when they retire from the work force.

    December 24, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Barack reads his lies, unions thrive, government and debt grows, and the economy and our freedom dies

    Let me get this right. You increased coverage for an additional 32 million people, all insurance companies will be required to take high risk people with pre-existing conditions, you reduce the reimbursement of doctors by 21%, and you take away $480 billion dollars from Medicare, you do nothing for malpractice tort reform, you add a multitude of new governement agencies that a doctor will need to deal with you expect doctors to stay in practice. Currently the estimates are that we are 150,000 short in the number of doctors that are needed to keep up with the existing system. Add this trainwreck to one sixth of the economy and you will see major losses in the supply of doctors, the quality of care, and yes the cost will go through the roof.

    Insane, stupid, idiotic, moronic, but then again we elected these morons didn't we, so I guess we are the stupid ones.

    December 24, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Pragmatic

    ... and remember that no matter how you "tweak" this blending of the bills, all the republicans will vote "no" ... in lockstep, with one voice. No matter what compromises are made, the GOP will never support health care reform ... look at what they did 2000-2008 – NOTHING!

    December 24, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    This is GREAT!!! I cannot understand the BIG DEAL about getting this through the HOUSE and SENATE when at this time, it's still NOT over. It's a SHAME how the RepubliCAN'Ts could not join in to make PHASE 1 and PHASE 2 work when they already knew, there is a PHASE3....

    The Conference Committee has the final word and the RepubliCAN'Ts could have used that time to 'get it right'. But NOOOOOOOOOOO, they thought they should BRING THE PRESIDENT DOWN and MAKE HIM FAIL and now, it will all BACKFIRE!!!!

    The RepubliCAN'Ts think they have 2010 and 2012 in their pockets. But THINK AGAIN, the economy is getting better; President Obama would work on bringing JOBS back – which in reality is the ONLY thing left that needs immediate attention and he will END both wars.... YES HE CAN and YES WE WILL win again in 2010 2012!!

    December 24, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Marty, FL

    Fortunately, there is constructive room for compromise between the House and Senate bills:

    Abortion: Rep. Stupak appears to over-reach into private plans so adopt Sen. Nelson's more reasonable proposal.

    Funding: balance the House plan with a higher ceiling and the Senate version for Cadillac plans only.

    Public option: build upon Sen. Nelson's Medicaid plan for ALL states as a public-plan alternative.

    Keep up the great work for the American people! God bless the USA!

    December 24, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Carl Abernathy

    What we have not been told by our democrap leaders is how we are going to take money away from our food and shelter money for our families and pay for bums who won't work and pay their own way.

    December 24, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. John


    You people wanted it, you got it.

    Thank you for taking my health care away from me Mr President!!

    December 24, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Bill

    If there are 2 senators from every state and the vote was 60 to 39, what happened to the 100th senator? and who was it that didn't vote?

    December 24, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. mjm

    "In addition, it imposes a 10 percent tax on indoor tanning salon treatments."

    Huh? How random could you get?

    Are they just picking businesses out of a hat and deciding to tax them?

    December 24, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Nurse

    More then 60% of the people don't want it. But that doesn't matter to Dem's

    December 24, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. WIlly Brown

    The fun part will be voting out the democrats in 2010 & 2012 over this socialist bill.

    December 24, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Hammerer

    How many tax dollars will the Dems spend for enough votes to finish buying the healthcare bill.
    Sooner or later AMERICANS will say enough.

    December 24, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. Fitz in Texas

    Shame shame shame that it took bribery to get 60 Senate votes....nothing but a bunch of un-convicted criminals.

    December 24, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Kevin in Ohio

    The democrats now own this monstrosity. We can only hope and pray that their divisions continue, and this bill will die. If not, the democrats will have committed political suicide in 2010... mainstream America will not forgive them for jeopardizing our nation's financial future. Our last hope will be repeal in 2011.

    December 24, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Jacob

    i'm guessing the Republicans will just give up so they can go on vacation. its a GREAT day to be a Democrat!

    December 24, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. RichP the Pocono's

    Imagine that, now that they have it they need to figure who to steal the money from to pay for it. Boy, if I could run my house like that I'd be all set.

    December 24, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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