Senate Casts First Vote On Healthcare Reform Legislation

12.04.09 | FL News Team

The Senate has cast its first vote on landmark healthcare reform legislation, approving an amendment on mammograms. It's the first of dozens of amendments that senators will be considering in coming weeks. Senate Democratic leaders hope to push through a sweeping health insurance reform bill by Christmas, though the outcome is very much in doubt. The House has already passed a comprehensive healthcare reform bill, President Obama's top legislative priority this year.

 The first Senate amendment gives the U.S. health secretary authority to require health insurers to cover the costs of preventive cancer screenings for women. The amendment passed, 61-39. It responds to a controversy over new recommendations that routine mammograms are not necessary for females in their 40s. The non-binding recommendation came from a U.S. government health advisory panel.