Senate Approves Landmark Health Care Bill
LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:
The Senate approved the health care overhaul this morning, its first roll call vote on Christmas Eve since 1895. After weeks of wrangling, the vote went along party lines. Democrats all voted yes, no Republicans did.
President Obama called the vote historic.
President BARACK OBAMA: Members of the Senate joined their colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass a landmark health insurance reform package, legislation that brings us toward the end of a nearly century-long struggle to reform America's health care system.
WERTHEIMER: The Senate bill covers 31 Americans who now lack health insurance. The Senate measure must be reconciled with another version that's already passed the House.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.