Congress Passes Health Care Reform Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Summoned to success by President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled Congress approved historic legislation Sunday night extending health care to tens of millions of uninsured Americans and cracking down on insurance company abuses, a climactic chapter in the century-long quest for near universal coverage.
Widely viewed as dead two months ago, the Senate-passed bill cleared the House on a 219-212 vote, with Republicans unanimous in opposition.
Congressional officials said they expected Obama to sign the bill as early as Tuesday.
A second measure -- making changes in the first -- was lined up for passage later in the evening. That measure would go to the Senate, where Democratic leaders said they had the votes to pass it.
Crowds of protesters outside the Capitol shouted "just vote no" in a futile attempt to stop the historic vote taking place inside a House packed with lawmakers and ringed with spectators in the galleries above.
Across hours of debate, House Democrats predicted the central bill, costing $940 billion over a decade, would rank with other great social legislation of recent decades.
"We will be joining those who established Social Security, Medicare and now, tonight, health care for all Americans, said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, partner to Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the grueling campaign to pass the legislation.
"This is the civil rights act of the 21st century," added Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, the top-ranking black member of the House.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2010 at 05:42 AM
    I'm willing to wait and see just how much all this will cost and who will have to pay what.Not all abuse the system and the day will come they get knock out of many things.Does any one know how much of our taxes go for social programs in this country?The last I knew the government collected trillions in taxes,and that don't count what they have invested and money back from those things.Only 9 % goes to social welfare and so on.That says a few pennies of ones pay check.I can't complain about that.No one should.I think many have this all up in the air about this whole deal.Sure some toes will be stepped on but should of years ago.Prices wouldn't be so out of hand now.Money taking care of money really does need to stop.It is time many that can pay their fair share.I don't think all this is as bad as some are making it out to be.Don't worry about the gossip.It will all be OK in the end.
  • by Rob Location: Jackson on Mar 25, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    The best thing that can happen now is for the world to end in December of 2012. It will put an end to this nonsense.
  • by anonymous Location: mason on Mar 24, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    jen, socialism is coming. I'll believe you and your men have guts, if you join an armed revolution. Thats what i thought...
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 at 05:53 PM
    Hospitals are now loosing a bunch of money from those with no insurance.They can't turn them away.At least a few more would be able to have something to pay with.This health insurance will cost less than the wars have since they began.Some that will have the insurance,doesn't mean they will hardly ever use it.It just says we must have insurance.What ended us up at this point was all those jobs that went overseas,the ones that use to pay our insurance,So blame all this on why we got in the mess of millions without insurances.I think may republicans caused that to be allowed as well,job loss that is.The government allows so many to come to this country all the time on work visa,yet look at the millions of illegals having OUR citizens jobs.Look at how many ripped off medicare and medicaid{The ones doing the billing}stating services never done.Good paid people,with jobs did that.Billions of $ worth.Why do we need this insurance?No clue.
  • by JR Location: MI on Mar 23, 2010 at 04:34 PM
    Kelly- I forgot to ask, do your child have health insurance? If you or your children were offered health insurance, would you turn it down? I seriously hope you are a hypocrite, for your children's sake.
  • by JR Location: MI on Mar 23, 2010 at 04:21 PM
    Kelly- I, like most Americans do in fact work for a living. I am even fortunate enough to afford health insurance. I am limited to where I can obtain said insurance because of a pre-existing condition that I was born with. I am sad that you think the so many people are "free loaders" in this wonderful country. I agree some people abuse the system, but I say oh well, I will gladly finance a few free loaders, if in the end I can help give someone who is actually trying a leg up. We have all gone through hardships, lost jobs etc. How productive is someone going to be that looses everything because they became ill in between jobs? It is our moral obligation to help those without. So yes it is greed, only those in the top tier will have increased taxes. As I said before, this should be a universal health system that covers everyone under any circumstance.
  • by jen Location: mi on Mar 23, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    I love men with guts,something this country is loosing,I watch Glen Beck,Hannity,and O'Reilly, because their the only ones who have back bones, the rest of you,are weak go alongs.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 at 11:33 AM
    Here is something to think about. On you ck stub it says you paid Social Security, Fica, and Tax. I call this in to the government so they can take our money weekly. 2 years ago they started stating that the breakdown is for informational purposes only. IN other words all your tax stub really needs to say is Federal Taxes. Because the money is being spent faster than they take it in. Please tell me where the money to pay the Trillions of dollars this plan is going to cost is comming from? Social Security is going broke because of government stealing the money that belongs there. How are they paying for this? They expect seniors to pay more for medicare, and also for services. Where is the money comming from to pay for any of this? Think about it. Whoses pockets is all this money going to come from. Not theirs, but ours.
  • by Sans on Mar 23, 2010 at 10:03 AM
    Hey, I have been without health care also, I am a diabetic, with a heart condition and cancer. I have when not working taken advantage of Cristo Rey's Medical Clinic. Most likely would be dead without them. I do have insurance through work. I am against this plan not against health coverage for all. I am against the idea of the government running it. they have taken every penny that should have gone into savings for Social Security and blew it. Medicare is a joke. Ask anyone who is on it. The insurance companies are not regulated, and will charge you what ever they want. Trust me this is a really bad bad thing that congress has done. Wait till you have to pay $2000.00 you don't have or a fine. This is not a joke people this is serious. Look at it from the money standpoint not as how wonderful for people with no insurance. Who do you think is going to pay for this? US taxpayers for the next million years? They destroyed Social Security, and Medicare whats next? THIS IS!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 at 04:40 AM
    Maybe Josh and all the other liberal free loaders should start a insurance company to insure everyone. It is a free country Josh, start the Liberalcratic Insurance Co. and offer free health insurance to everyone. Let us know how it works out, Josh!!!
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