US Senate approves broad healthcare overhaul
Washington, December 24, 2009
The US Senate approved President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul on Thursday, backing sweeping changes in the medical insurance market and new coverage for tens of millions of uninsured Americans.
On a party-line 60-39 vote, Senate Democrats supported the most dramatic shifts in health policy in four decades. The early-morning Christmas Eve vote followed months of political wrangling that consumed the US Congress and put a dent in Obama's public approval ratings.
The vote cleared the way for tough negotiations in January with the House of Representatives to formulate a single bill that can be passed into law. The House approved its own costlier version on November 7 that includes different approaches on taxes, abortion and a government-run insurance plan. – Reuters