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
While these Democrats love Ted Kennedy and his memory (did you all see Nancy Pelosi’s eyes tearing up during Obama’s speech to Congress on healthcare, mentioning Teddy), Ted Kennedy and the Kennedys ARE NOT BELOVED IN MIDDLE AMERICA. Ted may be a saint to the liberals, but invoking his memory WILL BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE in trying to persuade most Americans about this legislation.
HA! Is that Mark Twain behind him? Does Reid know what he wrote about Congress?
It sure was. I feel bad for my adult children and grandkids. They are facing a tough future.
His wedding ring is almost off.Divorce?No makeup?Merry Christ Mass Obama.
So Dimocraps Landrieu and Lincoln have revealed themselves to be the political whores most knew they were. At least Landrieu held out for a 100 million dollar Saturday night “special”.
In spite of all the “circus” we now will get taxpayer funded abortions and government control of 1/6 of our economy.
Get ready for Cap and Tax.
why didn’t he vote ?
If Byrd gets to vote from the Mountain State, why aren’t all the senators voting from their home states? Might save us a lot of money if they didn’t have to travel to and live in D.C.
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine...)
In related news, we’re screwed.
The list, ping
Reid and the Obama state media hyped this vote because they needed a PR victory for this awful bill.
The fact this vote was this close should tell everyone how awful the bill is !
This vote to proceed to debate is usually a no brain-er not a nasty fight .
Th real fight in the floor debate so get ready top fight like HELL for the next three to four weeks !
Lieberman plans to filibuster any bill with a public option so its going to get real ugly.
I don’t think obama cares about his ratings OR a second term. He is there to force through as much of his socialist agenda as quickly as he can. He also couldn’t care less what anyone thinks, as long as he can undermine the free market system and put Americans under government control.
They are all whores,the only question was the price.
The majority of Americans dont want this crap, and yet the left still shoves it down or throats. And they wonder why there is a anti government feeling in the land.
A few of these legislations and we’ll finally get to see how our government can make trains run on time.
LIstening to that live version, and hearing the Mark Levin Show replay in the background, is a particularly accurate soundtrack to our lives right now.
You took the words right out of my mouth.
Aside from the absurd comparison, the man obviously knows nothing about how long and thoroughly the slavery discussion was muted and any abolitionist-leaning votes killed.
A bad day. This bill must be stopped in the end.
I would have thought a few Dems wouldn’t have voted yes tonight. Guuess I was wrong.
We have to hope there are enough to vote the right way when the debate is over.
But we also have the possibility of Screed using the executive priviledge and forcing it through.....
Yup,, Pay no attention to Amalgamated Propaganda..
Here’s to.. The uglier the better.. ;-)
It’ll make for a lot of good clips&quips for the next couple elction cycles.
Now there's a profile in courage. LOL! Ohio, the "We're voting "present"" State?
Grouped By Vote Position
YEAs ---60 Akaka (D-HI)
NAYs ---39 Alexander (R-TN)
Not Voting - 1 Voinovich (R-OH)
The Pubs ought to just go home and let the Dems have complete control of Congress. What a worthless damn party!!!!!!
Bring Back Al Capone!!
Sure he would have stolen 10 billion, but Obama has stolen 40 billion and trashed us here and abroad to boot!
Lieberman voted yea. Thanks for nothing, Joe. You’re still a ‘rat after all these years.
Screw the AP cheerleading crap.
If the desm had to battle to get the piece of crap to the floor for a vote then its going to be bloody.
Not even the amnesty bill had this much trouble getting to the floor.