This version of the health care reform bill is all amended, now it’s time to vote. Bleary-eyed Senators, their staff and a room full of lobbyists stayed up past 2 AM ET Friday to finish work on the health care reform bill.
“We have a product here that accomplishes our objectives–health care reform” said Senator Max Baucus (D-Montant) who authored the bill. “It’s fiscally responsible. We can all be very proud of what we’ve achieved here. We lowered taxes for more than 42 million Americans, protected Medicare benefits for seniors, expanded health care coverage. It builds on the employer-based system which a majority of Americans know and most can keep what they have. It helps our most vulnerable and I think we’re very proud of what we’re doing.”
Senator Charles Grassley(R-Iowa) indicated that most of the Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee were “not likely” to vote for the bill, but “I want to applaud you for the fair process”.
Please note: time on our video clock is Central Time. So 1:15 AM CT = 2:15 AM ET