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Health Care Bill Clears Hurdle

Posted by Jane Akre
Saturday, November 07, 2009 4:14 PM EST
Category: Major Medical
Tags: Health Care Reform, Democrats, GOP, Pelosi, Tort Reform, Caps, Uninsured, Insurance, GOP, Dingell, Medical Error, Medical Malpractice

The House vote on health care reform has passed a hurdle and will be moved for a vote possibly today.

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IMAGE SOURCE: Los Angeles Times Web site/ President Obama after visiting House members

Vote Possible Saturday

It was getting contentious on the House floor today as Democrats and Republicans could not only not agree about health care reform but couldn’t even agree about the rules for a debate.

This afternoon there was a turn in the contentiousness when lawmakers voted 242-to-192 to approve a must-pass procedural measure to set up terms for debate.

15 Democrats were among the 177 Republicans who voted to block the debates.

“We will vote today on the floor of the House of Representatives,” said Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland after a session with President Obama who made a personal appeal to Democrats on the fence.

Reportedly, the president appealed to their sense of their own legacies, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Later in the Rose Garden, the president urged passage telling reporters that every day 14,000 Americans continue to lose their health insurance and 18,000 Americans die because they don’t have it.

"I just came from the Hill, where I talked to the members of Congress there, and I reminded them that opportunities like this come around maybe once in a generation," Obama said. "Most public servants pass through their entire careers without a chance to make as important a difference in the lives of their constituents and the life of this country. This is their moment, this is our moment, to live up to the trust that the American people have placed in us -- even when it's hard; especially when it's hard. This is our moment to deliver.

"I urge members of Congress to rise to this moment. Answer the call of history.”

“Heed the Gavel” Rep. John Dingell had to shout over a highly partisan debate that erupted earlier Saturday.

Rep. Dingell (D-Mich.) is the longest-serving congressman who is chairing the debate and whose name appears on H.R. 3962. In his Op-Ed published in various papers this week, he said Americans, “pay more for health care than we do for food.”

The vote could come as soon as tonight if Democrats find they have 218 votes needed to pass the legislation among the 258 Democratic seats in the House. Republicans are united in their opposition to the bill.

Emerging from a closed door meeting with the president, Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicted approval today saying “We will pass health care reform.”

If not the final vote on the $1.2 trillion bill could fall on Sunday or early next week.

H.R. 3962 is the final, merged version of the health care reform legislation that the House has been working on for much of 2009. #


8 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by Kettle2
Saturday, November 07, 2009 5:17 PM EST

GET THE JOB DONE.........NO MORE STALLING.
HELP THE PEOPLE OR YOUR COUNTRY, THAT IS WHY THEY PUT YOU IN OFFICE, THIS IS NOT JUST FOR THE PRESIDENT AND CABINET MEMBERS, IT IS FOR CONGRESS.

Anonymous User
Posted by Kettle2
Saturday, November 07, 2009 5:17 PM EST

GET THE JOB DONE.........NO MORE STALLING.
HELP THE PEOPLE OR YOUR COUNTRY, THAT IS WHY THEY PUT YOU IN OFFICE, THIS IS NOT JUST FOR THE PRESIDENT AND CABINET MEMBERS, IT IS FOR CONGRESS.

Anonymous User
Posted by Dr. Quirrs
Saturday, November 07, 2009 6:05 PM EST

Sad, sad day for liberty and the United States of America

Anonymous User
Posted by JILL PAUL RN
Saturday, November 07, 2009 6:54 PM EST

Jane, this bill is outrageous. We NEVER turn an uninsured patient away from the hospital where I work due to lack of funds. This is preposterous!!! You will see what I'm talking about in the end. I am Canadian and know both the Canadian & British sytems. I am also an RN of 42 years. Congress and the Senate have just made the WORST decision that they could possibly have made for the American public. Good luck standing in line for health care in the future. Thank you. Don't forget my words.

Anonymous User
Posted by Kennah
Saturday, November 07, 2009 6:56 PM EST

This bill must not pass. It is a dangerous step toward tyrannical control of our liberty. The Pelosicare bill and it's supporters show contempt for the Constitution of the United States and the Liberties our generations fought and died for.

Anonymous User
Posted by buzzychief
Saturday, November 07, 2009 7:36 PM EST

500 billion cut in medicare with the baby boomer coming along right behind. The worst bill ever. RATIONING OF HEALTH CARE.

Anonymous User
Posted by Ben
Saturday, November 07, 2009 7:44 PM EST

I can't even begin to describe how horrible this bill is. Not only will it make our national debt even higher (already has risen 4 trillion dollars since obama took over), it takes away our some of our freedom and liberties. People die every day because they don't have healthcare Is Bull. they are just ignorant. how many hospitals turn down people when there are dying if they don't have money. if thats the case, we have a lot more problems than just health care.

Anonymous User
Posted by Kennah
Saturday, November 07, 2009 10:53 PM EST

Does anyone take Obama's comments about the Health Care Bill seriously any more? Does anyone take anything he says seriously any more? This administration takes us as fools.

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