Health bill expected to clear Senate Thursday
(AP) - Exultant Senate Democrats pushed PresidentBarack Obama's landmark health care overhaul past a finalprocedural hurdle Wednesday, setting up a Christmas Eve vote topass the legislation extending coverage to 30 million Americans.
Democrats voted 60-39 to end a GOP filibuster and move to afinal vote Thursday. All 58 Democrats and two independents hungtogether against unanimous Republican opposition.
It was the 24th day of debate on the 10-year, nearly $1 trillionbill.
"It is now only hours until this Senate will pass meaningfulhealth care reform," said Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus,D-Mont.
"It has been a long time coming," Baucus said. "I thank Godthat I have lived to see this day."