The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate health care bill Sunday, March 21 by a vote of 219 to 212. All 178 Republicans opposed the bill, along with 34 Democrats. The entire debate has been heated and the vote Sunday, March 21 was no exception.
According to CNN, an unidentified GOP member yelled out “baby killer” at Senator Stupak from Michigan, as he changed his vote from no to yes on the bill following assurances from President Obama that there will be stringent restrictions on federal funding for abortion.
]]>seen here, but the immediate gist is that health care companies cannot place a lifetime or annual cap on how much care your insurance will cover, $5 billion will be set aside for uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions, insurers must provide coverage for non-dependent children up to age 26 and there will be $250 for seniors who fall in the Medicare “doughnut hole,” a coverage gap that makes prescriptions too expensive for those seniors that fall within the gap.
The Democrats in Congress think this sweeping health care reform will
fix a broken system in the United States, while the Republicans think this
overhaul will bankrupt the country.
Following the initial vote on the health care bill, the Republicans tried a motion to recommit but the motion failed. There was also an unknown congressman from the Republican side who yelled “baby killer” at Bart Stupak during his floor speech when he opposed the motion to recommit. Stupak is an anti-abortion Democrat from Michigan who changed his vote on the bill at the 11th hour.
Following the failed motion to recommit, the last vote of the night was a reconciliation bill on the changes made to the bill from when the Senate wrote it. That vote passed and ended the House of Representatives voting for Sunday, March 21.
The next step is the Senate voting on the changes made to the bill. If the Senate passes the reconciliation bill without any changes, President Obama will then sign the bill into law. If the Senate were to make changes in the bill, it would then go back to the House of Representatives. The Senate only needs a simple majority to pass the reconciliation bill, however, which the Senate Democrats currently have.
What do you think? Are we on the right track or going off in the wrong direction with this health care reform?
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