Skip to comments.Historic health care bill clears Senate hurdle (60-39 vote to advance bill)
Posted on 11/21/2009 5:56:28 PM PST by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON Invoking the memory of Edward M. Kennedy, Democrats united Saturday night to push historic health care legislation past a key Senate hurdle over the opposition of Republicans eager to inflict a punishing defeat on President Barack Obama. There was not a vote to spare.
The 60-39 vote cleared the way for a bruising, full-scale debate beginning after Thanksgiving on the legislation, which is designed to extend coverage to roughly 31 million who lack it, crack down on insurance company practices that deny or dilute benefits and curtail the growth of spending on medical care nationally.
The spectator galleries were full for the unusual Saturday night showdown, and applause broke out briefly when the vote was announced. In a measure of the significance of the moment, senators sat quietly in their seats, standing only when they were called upon to vote.
In the final minutes of a daylong session, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., accused Republicans of trying to stifle a historic debate the nation needed.
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Historic only in the sense of its advancement of socialism.
another saturday night melodrama
courtesy of the dems
they want debate?
So I guess they were all drunk when they voted.
God help Us.
Senator Voinovich, Republican from Ohio, didn’t vote.
US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks to senators who will appear on the Sunday morning talk shows in his Senate office in Washington, DC. The US Senate, torn along party lines, voted to formally launch debate on historic legislation to enact President Barack Obama's signature drive to remake US health care, handing him a win for now. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
Kudos to the state-run media. This couldn’t have been a more fictitous partisan piece of crap reporting if it had come out of Hussein’s own mouth.
Invoking the memory of Mary Jo Kopechne, they should have rejected it.
Let’s pray a few decent Democrats see what is happening...government expansion into health decisions, and work with us to dilute this thing.
Most of the time Ted's memory wasn't very good.
How much will it cost him to get a bill before Christmas?
Landrieu was cheap. ;-)
U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, November 9, 2009. Obama's job approval rating has dropped below 50 percent in a second major poll in an indication he is suffering from the long healthcare debate and weakness in the economy, Gallup said. REUTERS/Jim Young/Files
if opposition means I’m a racist, I’m proud to be a RACIST!
The Democrats are seriously disconnected from reality. Seriously. To pass things like the health bill, immigration amnesty, and cap and trade during the best of times would be extremely foolish. To pass this during a recession is suicidal.
Private health insurance will not be able to compete with a federal government that can consistently undercut them on premiums and ask taxpayers to pick up the difference.
Oh well, American prosperity was nice while it lasted.
All wee-weed up and dithering, eh, George? Or was he all weep-weeped up and couldn't find a hanky?
Saturday night, this late, more like passed out
Of course...Ded Kennedy D-(HELL) was smiling up at them from his new abode...
Healthcare Reform couldn’t have saved Mary Jo Kopechne.
They are always drunk, and they're probably going to Chappaquiddick for the after-party
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