That’s all folks: Health care ‘fix’ passes House

WASHINGTON — After more than a year of intense debate, analysis, hearings, more debate, town hall meetings, revisions, more revisions, a bill and a fix-it bill later, the House voted for the final time to approve the final pieces of a landmark health care reform measure.

“This vote represents a triumph for the health and economic stability of America’s families, the security of America’s seniors, and the future of America’s students,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “The Congress of the United States finished the job of health insurance reform today; in doing so, we made history and progress for the American people.”

Rep. John Kline gave the Republicans’ closing argument on the House floor.

“Mr. Speaker, a flawed bill jammed through a flawed process guarantees the health care debate will go on,” Kline said. “The American people have rejected a government takeover of health care. So let’s reject this latest ‘fix it’ bill.”

Long before he spoke those words, back on Sunday when the House passed the fix for the first time, tonight’s vote tally was assured. Once again, Democrats produced 220 votes to pass their bill (which needed 215 this time). Once again, Minnesota’s delegation split 4-4, with Rep. Collin Peterson joining all three Republicans in voting no.

President Obama plans to sign the bill sometime next week.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 03/25/2010 - 09:57 pm.

    Rep. Peterson should have the same passion for voting down agricultural subsidies as he does about insurance reform.

    //A federal program lambasted by the conservative Heritage Foundation as the country’s largest example of corporate welfare, and that doled out a quarter-million dollars on GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann’s family farm, won’t undergo any kind of serious reform in this session of congress. That’s the word from Minnesota DFL Rep. Collin Peterson, who chair’s the House Agriculture Committee.//

    Just saying…

  2. Submitted by Mike Haubrich on 03/26/2010 - 12:18 am.

    Which “American People” rejected it, Rep Kline? The minority that voted for Republicans, or the “real Americans” who have had their country taken away from them by the democratic process of choosing leaders?

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