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."

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."