Thursday, December 24, 2009

News Talk Online December 24, 2009: Senate Passage Of Health Reform Bill, International Debut Of Christmas Song For Soldiers

Bill Silberg, Paltalk News Network's health and medical correspondent, will be today's guest on News Talk Online at 5 PM to explain the landmark health reform legisltion passed today by the U.S. Senate.

The Senate version would extend health care to 30 million Americans. It would also preclude insurers from denying coverage due to a pre-existing condition.

The bill was passed strictly along party lines. No Republicans voted for it. Two independents joined Democrats in voting "yes."

It took just 15 minutes to reach the necessary 51 votes during the rare Christmas Eve session. In the end, 60 Senators voted for the measure.

The House must now consider its version of health reform. A vote on that bill is expected in January. Then the two bills will have to be reconciled before a final version is voted on by both the House and Senate, also probably in January or February.

The show will conclude with a special musical Christmas musical tribute to the troops with the international debut of Danny Rongo's "A Soldier's Christmas Song."

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