The final Senate version of president Obama's famous (and, to some, infamous) health care reform bill was adopted by 60 votes to 39, potentially leading to the biggest change in health care in the United States since the 1930s. Fifty-eight Democrats and two independents backed the legislation, with all Republicans voting against it. However, the president will not be able to sign the bill into law until it is reconciled with legislation passed by the House of Representatives, which could be a lengthy process and could include many more changes to the current version of the bill.
The proposed bill would mean that around 30 million Americans who are currently unable to obtain health insurance for themselves would have at least some form of coverage, by-amongst other measures- making insurance companies offer less expensive plans, stopping them from being able to deny coverage to anyone on the basis of them having a pre-existing medical condition, preventing bankruptcy and debt caused by healthcare costs and ensure continuity of coverage should a person lose their job.
To read more visit the following sites: CNN's article on the senate passing the bill, the BBC's page comparing the healthcare bills passed by the House and the Senate and the governments' site for health reform.