Wonder what you would find if you frisked the U.S. Senate this Christmas Eve morning?
Answer: Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-NV) version of Obama-Care passed.
This is how the Democrats say Merry Christmas to America:
The Senate passed a health insurance overhaul on Thursday morning, 60-39, as both Democrats and Republicans held unified in their positions on the massive bill that mandates coverage for about 9 percent of the U.S. population now without insurance.
All 58 Democrats and two independents supported the $871 billion, 10-year package that aims to cover about 30 million Americans. Thirty-nine of 40 Republicans rejected the bill. Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning, who is retiring at the end of this Congress, did not vote.
Although this makes Christmas Eve pretty disappointing, Obama-Care still has a ways to go in order to become official:
Actually, it’s probably at least two steps away. First, the House has to either consider adopting the Senate bill in toto or responding with another version of their own bill that passed a few weeks ago. Even the White House doesn’t consider the first option realistic, which is why they’re resetting expectations about getting a unified bill out of Congress to February and doing the “hard pivot” to jobs and the economy instead.
This goes back to the House, and then likely back again to the Senate, and perhaps even a stop in a conference committee if Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid can’t avoid it. Meanwhile, the appraisal by voters of this effort will continue to get worse and worse, and this will continue to be an albatross around the neck of Democrats in 2010.
Well conservatives… Keep your heads up, enjoy some delicious food tonight, and hopefully that will cheer you up!