Senate Democrats open floor debate

Senate Democrats have gained enough votes to prevent a Republican filibuster against a bill that would overhaul the nation's health care system Saturday, according to NPR.

Right before the vote, Democrat holdouts Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas agreed to join their party, but said the bill still needs work.

The vote passed 60-39 along strict party lines, according to the New York Times.

The bill looks to extend health care coverage to 31 million uninsured Americans, which would cost $848 billion over ten years.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's version of the bill would include a government-run option, giving individual states the option not to allow it.

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