Thursday, December 24, 2009

Senate passes health care bill...Merry Christmas

At 7:16 this morning, the Senate concluded its vote on H.R. 3590 with a vote of 60-39. Majority Leader Harry Reid said he suspects he will hear "an earful of wonderment" from the folks back home who will no longer be denied health care because of preexisting conditions. Reid also invoked Ted Kennedy, saying, "The work goes on; the cause endures." Indeed. The House and Senate now need to reconcile their differences: whether to offer a public option, to what extent Medicaid will be expanded, how to deal with insurance plans that include abortions and more. Both Reid and Minority Leader (and health care bill opponent) Mitch McConnell agreed: this is just the beginning....

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