The American Senate has voted in favour of a full debate on the radical overhaul the country’s healthcare system.
Healthcare reform is the Obama administrations top domestic priority. The Senate will now debate the changes at the end of November. The process is expected to take around three weeks. Vice-President Joe Bidon hailed the result: “ Tonight, we defied the pundits. We were told, by every talk show we listen to, including the mainstream media, that healthcare was dead, well its alive and it will pass.” The legislation, designed to ensure coverage for millions of uninsured Americans, has sparked huge protests with Republicans fiercely opposed to the proposals. Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell: “The American people are asking us to stop this bill and we are going to do everything we can to prevent this measure from becoming law.” Under the Senate bill, most Americans would be obliged to sign up to the plan, while private insurers would be banned from refusing cover for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.