By HUMA KHAN
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2009
Senate Democratic leaders inched closer to attaining their goal of passing a health care bill by Christmas as Ben Nelson, the Nebraska senator who had been skeptical of the bill, jumped on board, winning major concessions for his state, and the Congressional Budget Office released an optimistic cost estimate of the legislation.
Senators plan to work through the holidays to get a health care bill passed.
The Senate health care bill will reduce the deficit by $132 billion over the next 10 years and will cost $871 billion over the same time period, according to the CBO report released today. The revised health care bill would expand coverage to about 94 percent of eligible Americans under age 65, excluding illegal immigrants.
President Obama today hailed the legislation as "the largest deficit reduction plan in a decade," and praised the changes for making the health care bill stronger.
On one hand this version of "health care reform" that's been raped and bastardized by the GOP obstructionists and the Blue Dog Dem back-stabbers is nothing more than a great big ol' shit sandwich from a pure progressive standpoint. On the other hand, the hard-core conservatives are are having a major league shit fit about it and since there's 60 votes in favor of it, they are powerless. My conflict about how to feel about it is quite obvious.