Congress Passes Health Care Bill

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic-controlled Congress has approved historic health care reform legislation extending health care to tens of millions of Americans who lack it.

The vote in the House was 219-212. Republicans were unanimously opposed. President Barack Obama calls it "change we can believe in."

House Republican leader John Boehner says it fails the country and says Congress has failed to listen to America. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the legislation honors the nation's traditions.

Obama, who plans to sign the health care reform legislation, says "We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things." The president went on TV shortly after the vote saying "We proved that this government -- a government of the people and by the people -- still works for the people."

Links to More Information on the Heathcare Bill

Summary of Changes to Expect if the Bill becomes Law - (Reuters)

Links to the Healthcare Bill Itself
H.R. 3590: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - (Govtrack.us)
H.R. 3590 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - (OpenCongress.org)


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