Dems overcome GOP filibuster setting stage for historic Senate health care debate

November 22, 2009

(ChattahBox) —  Majority Leader Harry Reid with little time to spare, overcome a GOP filibuster with a 60-39 vote in a key procedural move to move the Senate’s health-care bill into debate. Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln, a conservative Democrat who had long been on the fence, said she would side with her caucus just hours before the vote. Two other centrists holding out till the last minute were Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu and Nebraska Sen. Bill Nelson. The debate to begin after Thanksgiving, is still likely to run through the end of the year and the $848-billion healthcare legislation still faces a tough battle.  Landrieu and Lincoln both from traditionally Republican states, said they would not vote for a bill containing a public-insurance option, a more liberal measure that Democrats desperately want. Lincoln who in particular faces a tough reelection campaign next year, said she would push for larger tax credits to help small businesses provide health benefits to their workers.  Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, also wanted measures added to prevent sharp health premium increases between now and the time the bill goes into effect in 2014. Republicans eager to inflict a punishing defeat on President Barack Obama, unanimously voted against the bill, which they declared would pave the way for a government takeover of healthcare and drive up the national debt.


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2 Responses to “Dems overcome GOP filibuster setting stage for historic Senate health care debate”

  1. Clayton on November 22nd, 2009 8:53 am

    I just saw on Fox News that the President plans to make mamograms illegal and fine woman over 50 years old if they get breast cancer.

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