The House of Representatives on Saturday night passed a sweeping health care bill by a vote of 220-215.
With the passage of H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, proponents of health care reform took an important step forward, but turning the bill into law remains uncertain.
It's unclear when the Senate will vote on a version of the health care legislation debated in that chamber. If the Senate passes its bill, the House and Senate bills would have to be reconciled into one document and voted on again.
The House Democrats needed 218 votes to ensure passage of the bill. On Saturday, it appeared the vote would come down to the wire, as the intentions of some conservative Democrats remained unknown.
In the final tally, 219 Democrats voted for the legislation, and 39 voted against it.
Rep. Joe Cao (R-Louisiana) was the only Republican who voted in favor of the bill.
Sometimes I wonder if all this hoopla over healthcare reform is about benefiting Americans or just stamping Obama's legacy. From what I've read many of Barry supporters on the Left have no clue what's in either the House or Senate version of the bill (here's a good start for those not in the know), which further makes one wonder just how much of an "urgent" need healthcare reform is in this day and age. And while I'm glad conservative Democrats argued for and got an anti-abortion amendment added to the House bill, frankly, I still don't see the urgency here. Regardless, no way Harry Reid has enough votes in the Senate to get this "reform" on Barry's desk to sign anytime soon anyway.