Health care reform close at hand in U.S. Senate
A final Senate vote on health care reform legislation is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday.
The last time the Senate held a Christmas Eve session was in 1963.
The health care debate has been raging in the Senate throughout the past 23 days. In light of the holiday season, Reid said, "I would hope that everyone would go back to their gentlemanly ways."
On Monday, Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele said that Democrats are, "thumbing their nose and flipping the bird to the American people." Steele told reporters, "I intend to have my foot on the throats of the Democrats on this issue and hold them accountable." He went on to say that Democrats up for reelection in 2010 "can look for their pink slips."
Reid called Steele's statements, "crass and such a terrible example for the youth of this country."
Recent polls indicate that more Americans are opposed to Democrat sponsored health care legislation than are for the legislation.
The latest Rasmussen poll indicates that 55 percent of voters are opposed to the current health care legislation and 41 percent are for the legislation. 60 percent of senior citizens are opposed; 57 percent of voters say that passing nothing would be preferable to passing the current legislation; and 19 percent of voters strongly favor the plan and 45 percent are strongly opposed.
The current Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll indicates that 53 percent of Americans disapprove of the current health care reform legislation and 36 percent support it.
The current CNN poll, indicates that 56 percent of respondents oppose the Senate health care bill.
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