House Healthcare Votes: Historic healthcare overhaul passes House – The House healthcare votes 220-215 that marks the first such victory in decades of efforts to expand insurance coverage. The bill wins a lone GOP vote and loses many Democrats, pointing to challenges awaiting in the Senate.
After months long of debate, the House of Representatives finally passed the historic health care reform legislation late on Saturday evening. The House passes historic health care reform legislation with 220 members of Congress including one Republican, Rep. Joseph Cao of Louisiana voted in favor of health care reform, advancing the legislation by the slimmest of margins. Thirty-nine Democrats voted against the bill, along with 176 Republicans.
Health Care Reform Bill Passes House
President Barack Obama later released a statement on the passing of the Health Care Reform Bill
Tonight, in an historic vote, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would finally make real the promise of quality, affordable health care for the American people.
The Affordable Health Care for America Act is a piece of legislation that will provide stability and security for Americans who have insurance; quality affordable options for those who don’t; and bring down the cost of health care for families, businesses, and the government while strengthening the financial health of Medicare. And it is legislation that is fully paid for and will reduce our long-term federal deficit.
Thanks to the hard work of the House, we are just two steps away from achieving health insurance reform in America. Now the United States Senate must follow suit and pass its version of the legislation. I am absolutely confident it will, and I look forward to signing comprehensive health insurance reform into law by the end of the year.