By Sam Youngman - 12/21/09 04:48 PM EST
President Barack Obama said Democrats had “scored a big victory
for the American people” hours after a key Senate healthcare vote.
Speaking at the White House, Obama thanked Senate Democrats after they “knocked down a filibuster” by winning the 60 votes necessary to move the controversial bill forward. He hailed the procedural victory as a “historic vote.”
Obama said the score shows those “continually carping about how this is a big-government spending bill” are incorrect.
“That argument that opponents are making against this bill does not hold water,” Obama said.
He also lauded the bill for including a patients' bill of rights.
The White House has come under criticism from liberals for not fighting hard to preserve a public health insurance option in the bill.