President Barack Obama received an early Christmas present from the United State Senate passage of the Senate Health Care Reform early Thursday morning.The bill clams to insure 30 million American
The bill passed 60-39 along partisan lines . The Republican attempted a filibuster but the Democrats had enough votes to overcome it.
When the White House learned of the vote Obama called the vote Historic. “we are incredibly close to making health insurance reform a reality in this country. Our challenge now is to finish the job.”
After the vote Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi(D-CA) issued a statement.
news conference, Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement pledging, “We will soon produce a final bill that is founded on the core principles of health insurance reform: affordability for the middle class, security for our seniors, responsibility to our children by reducing the deficit, and accountability for the insurance industry.”
Reaction from Republicans were outrage: “This debate was supposed to produce a bill that reformed health care in America. Instead, we’re left with party-line votes in the middle of the night, a couple of sweetheart deals to get it over the finish line, and a public that’s outraged,” said the Republican leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
It’s expected that the Republicans will use the bill as an issue for the 2010 midterm elections.