US healthcare reforms backed by Barack Obama passed a vital vote in the Senate , clearing the way for a bill to be passed before Christmas.
In the early hours a procedural measure to block Republican delaying tactics was passed in a 60-40 vote, with unanimous Democrat backing.
The vote all but assures the passage of healthcare reforms through the Senate, a feat that eluded generations of Democrats.
Well, the Senate passed something, more or less. Let's see what happens to it in conference with the House.