Barack Obama responded by issuing a statement in which he talked about "change."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid celebrated this apparent victory by grinning like a ventriloquist's dummy.
The right-wing responded by calling Obama a communist while the left-wing continued to cry over Afghanistan.
The American people, meanwhile, were allowed to continue to wonder just what exactly is in the actual legislation.
As everyone knows, it's been a long, hard struggle for Reid to round up these 60 votes. This, despite the fact that Reid's party started out with 60 members of the U.S. Senate.
In the end, the process was complicated by a handful of Democrats and two independents who voiced doubts about the bill.
Fortunately, these doubters were subsequently brought over by 1) the complete elimination of just about anything resembling actual health care reform from the bill and 2) generous offers of federal funds to the states represented by the doubting senators.
As such, Nebraska will now be rewarded for electing skeptical Democrat Ben Nelson while California will continue to suffer for electing a true believer like Barbara Boxer.
For all the talk of "change," it's interesting to note that this legislation will essentially pass the senate as a result of the old-fashioned art of selling out.
For those of us who have opposed Obamacare from the beginning, it now appears that there is only one solution left for us.
We're all going to move to Nebraska.