Health Care Bill Passes House 220-215
On Saturday night the House of Representatives narrowly passed the health care bill 220 to 215. The only reason the bill made it was that an ammendment was added to prevent funding abortion. Pelosi had quite some difficulty getting the necessary votes. Adding the ammendment pulled back some of the necessary moderate Democrat votes but also lost votes from the extreme liberals. Minority leader, John Boehner is concerned that the abortion language may be pulled out again before the senate vote.
The 220-215 vote late Saturday cleared the way for the Senate to begin a long-delayed debate on the issue that has come to overshadow all others in Congress.
A triumphant Speaker Nancy Pelosi compared the legislation to the passage of Social Security in 1935 and Medicare 30 years later.
Obama, who went to Capitol Hill earlier on Saturday to lobby wavering Democrats, said in a statement after the vote, "I look forward to signing it into law by the end of the year."
Obama and Pelosi are doing whatever it takes to get this bill passed, and in the words of Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich,
We are going to have a complete government takeover of our health care system faster than you can say, "this is making me sick."