Obama says U.S. healthcare takes step forward
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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