U.S. Senate passes health care reform

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSFA) -  After several days and nights of deliberation, the U.S. Senate votes in President Obama's health care reform bill on this historical Christmas Eve. The resulting vote was 60-39.

Fifty-eight Democrats and two independents voted "yes" and Republicans unanimously voted "no."

The Senate's bill must still be merged with legislation passed by the House before President Obama can sign a final bill in the new year.

Lawmakers says the reform will mean 30-million more Americans would be insured. Although the bill has made it through the Senate, lawmakers are squarely divided along party lines.

Republican say the 870- billion dollar bill "is too costly and needs to be re-worked."

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