Senate Democrats moved closer on Monday to passing landmark healthcare legislation by Christmas after scoring a win in the first big test vote and gaining the support of a powerful lobbying group for doctors.
US President Barack Obama's top domestic goal, US healthcare reform, has cleared a crucial Senate hurdle, receiving the vote of 60 senators needed pass by the bill, which looks likely to go through by Obama's Christmas deadline.
The Senate is scheduled to hold the first of three crucial healthcare procedural votes this Monday after the last holdout senator, Democrat Ben Nelson, agreed to support President Obama's key domestic reform.
US Senate Democratic healthcare negotiators said they had agreed to replace a government-run insurance option with a scaled-back non-profit plan. The "public option" has been a hurdle for President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority.
US President Barack Obama will push fellow Democrats on Sunday to reach a compromise enabling the passage of healthcare reform legislation. Obama needs the votes of all 58 Senate Democrats and two independents for his reform bill to pass.
The legislation seen as pivotal to Obama’s administration has made its way through the Senate. His much touted healthcare reform bill could change provision for up to 46 million US citizens without health insurance.