Dingell Rises Early, Praises Historic Vote

Posted December 24, 2009 at 9:10am

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) has been seeking to pass a universal health care bill since succeeding his father in the House in 1955, so there was no way he would miss Thursday’s vote in the Senate on a major health care overhaul.“I woke up early for this,— Dingell said, as he was surrounded by reporters and well-wishing Senators following the 60-39 vote in favor of the Democratic reform bill.Despite significant differences between the House and Senate bills on difficult issues like abortion, taxes and a public insurance option, Dingell predicted negotiators would compromise and strike a deal. But Dingell said he still strongly supports the House bill, which includes the public insurance option.“I think that the House will come together to pass this bill,— he said. “Everybody’s going to have to give.—