Justin B. Fung

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House passes health care bill

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Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the health care reform bill (H.R. 3962) with two votes to spare (220-215), with 39 Democrats voting against and Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao the lone Republican to vote for the bill. Here’s the final roll call.

This came in spite of some appalling behavior by some unruly Republicans, who refused to let the Democratic Women’s Caucus speak, even shouting them down at points.

A little more about the bill (thanks to the Congressional Budget Office and PICO Network):

However …

It’s not perfect. But it’s certainly stronger than the Senate Finance version with which the House bill will need to be merged, assuming Harry Reid can corral 60 votes in the Senate.

And it’s a start. Now let’s keep the ball rolling.

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