Obama says U.S. healthcare takes step forward

WASHINGTON Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:52pm EST

WASHINGTON Dec 19 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday praised a compromise that cleared the way for U.S. Senate passage of a sweeping healthcare overhaul, his top legislative priority.

"Today is a major step forward for the American people," he said of the deal with the last holdout, Democratic Senator Ben Nelson. "After a nearly century-long struggle we are on the cusp of making healthcare reform a reality in the United States of America."

(Reporting by John Whitesides, editing by Eric Beech)

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tonyloiacono wrote:
To: Sen. Nelson
From: Tony Loiacono
Subject: Corruption in Nebraska “Tell me it is not true”
Date: Dec. 19, 2009

Of all the things I have witnessed in my 54 years alive, today’s agreement by you is the lowest.

For you to agree with Sen. Reid’s team to something that compromises the integrity of your office is way beyond words.

You have shown my children how to cheat the system, to be bribed and to get what you desire at any cost … even the integrity of the office.

You should be ashamed.

Dec 19, 2009 2:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
wrenae wrote:
Can you say “your services are no longer required”? You will be voted out of office !

Dec 19, 2009 2:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
skimoguls99 wrote:
My wife and I are outraged at the recent developments with regard to the proposed healthcare reform. We have been voting for over 40 years and have voted for Republicans and Democrats. That will not happen in November 2010 if this bill passes in its current form. I believe that certain senators’ votes have been “bought” to get to this point. I firmly believe that our children’s future will be that of a third world country if this bill is passed. How can anyone vote on a 2000 page bill without going through it thoroughly?

Dec 19, 2009 2:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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