Dems Pass Health Care Bill, 220 to 215
Update: 9:08 pm MT: The Health Care bill passes. With 6 minutes remaining to vote, there are 218 votes in favor. Final vote: 220 yes, 215 no. 39 Dems voted no, 1 Republican voted yes. House adjourns at 9:33 pm.
Now that it's a done deal, people will want to know what's in it, and what it means for them. A good starting place, with lots of links, factsheets and more:
Question: Did the Stupak Amendment save the health care bill? 64 Dems voted for the Stupak amendment. 39 Dems voted against the health care bill. Does that mean the Stupak amendment resulted in 25 yeas for the HCR bill? The HCR bill passed with only 2 votes to spare. Next question: Was the trade-off "wire coat hanger amendment" worth it?
While some fool is going on about malicious trial lawyers on the House Floor, we are waiting for the vote on the full health care reform bill, which should take place in the next hour. It's the Affordable Health Care for America Now Act. The Dems need 218 votes. The Dems think they have them. [More...]
More sour grapes from Republicans on a motion to recommit the Republican bill. Making more sense, Rep. Lloyd Duggett:
"Now at this time for a historic choice—as the Republicans again side with insurance monopolies, we choose to strengthen Medicare, we choose to stand up for the millions of struggling families, who have been denied health access for far too long. Our Democratic plan is a lifesaver for 12 times as many Americans and a dollar saver—responsibly reducing the national debt by $36 billion more than this Republican false choice."
Love how the Republicans talk about choice, freedom and living in a free country but have no problem denying women the right to choose an abortion. Are they just stupid about how inconsistent that is?
Update: Rep. Diana DeGette on passage of health care bill:
Quality health care should not be the privilege of the fortunate few, but rather the right of every American.
“The historic passage of our health insurance reform bill is a win for all Americans. It will vastly improve competition in the health insurance market and rein in rising costs for the American consumer. Under our plan, Americans will be offered a true choice of health insurance plans, and a public option will be available as an alternative choice to the private insurance plans.”
Thanks to Rep. DeGette for leading the unsuccessful fight against the Stupak Amendment. I hope she fights as hard to keep it out of the final House-Senate conference bill.
The words you will hear the most tomorrow: Historic and landmark. But for the wire coat hanger amendment, that might be true.
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