Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., takes part in a health care news conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 11, 2009.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Senate awaits a CBO Fiscal score on a proposed compromise on healthcare that was struck last Tuesday between five Senator liberal democrats and five Senator conservative democrats. That compromise encompasses expanding medicare to Americans beginning at age 55 and a hybrid public option that would be overseen by the federal government but administered by private insurance companies. If that CBO score indicates that the compromise on healthcare reform will save or at least be deficit neutral towards the national budget then Senator Reid will call for final cloture on the bill and secure the 60 votes to pass the bill.
Sen. Christopher Dodd., D-Conn., left, helps Elizabeth Priaulx, center, back to her seat as Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., and Sen. Paul Kirk, D-Mass., look on during a health care news conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 11, 2009.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)