President hails late night Senate vote

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - After a late-night vote that President Barack Obama calls a "big victory for the American people," Senate Democrats are looking ahead to approval of health care reform by Christmas Eve.

The 60 votes needed to move the legislation forward were there for last night's key vote. Republican Sen. John McCain is criticizing the side deals that were used to ensure that some moderate senators were on board.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Landmark health care legislation backed by President Barack Obama has passed its sternest Senate test, overcoming Republican delaying tactics on a 60-40 vote that all but assures its passage by Christmas.

The bill would extend coverage to more than 30 million Americans who now lack it, while banning insurance company practices such as denial of benefits on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions.

Under Senate rules, Democrats need 60 votes on three separate occasions to pass the measure. Monday morning's vote was the first.

The House has already passed legislation, and attempts to work out a compromise are expected to begin in the days after Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

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