Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got his 60th vote to end cloture and bring the Senate Health Care Bill for a vote. That vote came from hold out Senate Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
Nelson got restrictions on federal financing of abortions, protection of health insurance firms based in Nebraska and federal aid health care for the state.
“Change is never easy, but change is what’s necessary in America,” Nelson said at a morning news conference, announcing his support as a snowstorm raged outside.
President Obama pleased with the outcome. “After a nearly century-long struggle, we are on the cusp of making health-care reform a reality,” said Obama, who had dispatched senior administration officials to help lock down Nelson’s support.
Republicans angry and disappointed with Sen. Nelson. Calling the bill a threat to Medicare which under bill $500 billion will cut affecting seniors.
“This bill is a monstrosity,” said Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “This is not renaming the post office. Make no mistake — this bill will reshape our nation and our lives.”
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