While Americans celebrate Christmas, the Senate was hard at work voting on the health care bill.
At 7:16 a.m., the Senate passed on a 60-39 party line vote a sweeping health care bill that will tighten insurance regulations, provide insurance for 31 million more Americans and cost $871 billion over the next decade.
“This is for my friend Ted Kennedy, aye,” said Sen. Robert Byrd as he cast his vote.
Republican leader Mitch McConnell responded:Â â€œThis fight isnâ€™t over. My colleagues and I will work to stop this bill from becoming law. Thatâ€™s the clear will of the American people â€” and weâ€™re going to continue to fight on their behalf.â€
The final law has not been enacted, but it looks like it may be inevitable at this point.
This is a Christmas present America will regret for generations to come.