Every democratic senator approved the measure while every republican voted "no." But, republicans are outnumbered 2:1 in the Senate. Under the plan, nearly 350,000 uninsured residents will be eligible for coverage starting next year, costing about $3 billion.
It'll be funded entirely by the federal government for the first three years. After that the state will pay 10%. "This bill goes too far and costs too much money at a time when the state can't pay its current bills" says State Senator Dave Syverson (R-35th). "After the federal money runs out, state taxpayers are on the hook for potentially billions of dollars."
The bill now heads to the house. Republicans have majority there, which could make passage extremely difficult.