The US Senate has passed the Democratic-led health care reform bill. The vote split down party lines this morning: 60 Democrats and Independents voted yes, and 39 Republicans voted against it. Alaska’s Senators sided with their respective parties. The Senate health care bill also includes reauthorizing the Indian Health Service, something Alaska’s Senators have long been pushing. But Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski is firmly against the overall bill. In the New Year, the Senate bill will have to be merged, or reconciled, with a version passed by the House.
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
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