From NBC's Ken Strickland and Domenico Montanaro
As was expected, the Senate has passed the final 60-vote hurdle for the health-care legislation.
By a partisan-line, 60-40 vote, the Senate voted to invoke cloture, to end debate and to break the GOP filibuster on the underlying bill.
This vote sets the stage for tomorrow's 7:00 am ET vote on passage of the Senate health-care bill. Only a simple majority -- 51 votes -- will be needed for the vote tomorrow.
After the vote tomorrow, the bill goes to get reconciled with the House. And there are some hurdles there with relation to the public option and abortion.
*** UPDATE *** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said after the vote, that he sees this as a refusal of 60 leaders to let "fear overwhelm the facts." He called health care a right and not a privilege.