Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner
Last night, the House passed the Senate-approved healthcare reform bill by a vote of 219-212. The AP notes that after passing the bill, the House proceeded to approve "key changes" to it, "part of a prearranged agreement to guarantee passage of the historic legislation. The changes passed by a 220-211 vote. That bill now goes to the Senate for final approval, where it only requires a simple majority to pass."
Most stories are describing the bill in largely favorable terms — and the vote as a triumph of the political system as a whole. The vote, reports USA Today, "assured that about 32 million Americans will gain health insurance coverage, and millions more will win protections against losing theirs." An AP story observes, "Rarely does the government, that big, clumsy, poorly regarded oaf, pull off anything short of war that touches all lives with one act, one stroke of a president’s pen. Such a moment has come."
The passing of the measure marks the most sweeping healthcare legislation this country has seen in four decades, and is an apparent victory for President Obama. Not a single republican, however, voted for the bill–a clear sign that they will make it an issue come the November elections.
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