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House Passes Healthcare Reform Bill Following Obama’s Last Minute Deal-making

March 24, 2010 by  

House passes healthcare reform bill following Obama's last minute deal-making The Senate’s version of healthcare reform legislation was narrowly passed by the House Sunday evening after President Obama struck a late deal with Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI) and other pro-life Democrats, promising to issue an executive order clarifying abortion language in the bill.

After a dramatic week of impassioned debate and feverous name calling from both sides of the aisle, the Senate bill cleared the House by a 219-212 vote. A total of 34 dissident Democrats joined every House Republican in opposing the legislation.

Later in the evening, a second measure – which makes changes to the recently approved bill – was quickly passed by a margin of 220-211. That piece of legislation will now move to the Senate, which can approve the bill by a simple 51-vote majority by using the parliamentary tactic known as budget reconciliation.

A jubilant President Obama was relieved that his hallmark campaign measure, which seemed dead only a few months ago, is all but assured to be signed into law in the near future.

“We pushed back on the undue influence of special interests,” the president said. “We didn’t give in to mistrust or to cynicism or to fear. Instead, we proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things.”

Meanwhile, House Republicans leaders said that the now inevitable passage of healthcare reform legislation defies the wishes of the American people.

“We have failed to listen to America,” said House Minority Leader John Boehner. “This body moves forward against their will. Shame on us.”

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  • Harold Olsen

    I had little doubt that Stupak would support Obamacare. His pretense of being a pro-life Democrat (an oxymoron if I ever heard one) was just that. He needed an excuse to vote for the bill and Obama gave him one by promising to sign an executive order. Since Obama has broken every promise he has made there was no reason for Stupak to believe the anointed one would keep this one. But, Stupak needed an excuse and Obama gave him one. Yesterday, I heard that Obama has now decided he WILL NOT sign the executive order. Gee! What a surprise! After the vote Sunday, Stupak went on Fox to try to justify what he did. He spoke in a very shaky voice, and I believe he knew that nothing he would say would convince anyone that was anything more than a lying hypocrite.

    • Joe H.

      I HOPE he knew he’s a liar!!! Everybody in the U.S. including the libbies knew!!!

      • Claire

        Now I hear that Obama, Pelosi, Reid and others do not want to participate in the new health reform. Does this mean they don’t like it??!! Very interesting.

    • s c

      Right on, Harold Olsen. By the way, I have a new way define a ‘pro-life Democrat.’ A “pro-life Democrat” is someone who hates babies, loves women who hate babies and will vote for anyone who hates babies, or someone who loves convicted murderers and registered sex offenders who ‘love’ kids.
      I sure would like to know how Obummer and his motormouth side-kick define the term. And as for that boob, Stupak, he’s done a magificent job of screwing himself via ‘integrity,’ ‘leadership’ and ‘transparency.’

      • Joe H.

        It’s strange, but it seems that since Clintoon was in office that there have been more and more perverts around. I’m CC’d on a site that sends out notices of sex offenders within two, five or ten miles of your residence. I originally registered for thr ten mile radius but couldn’t keep up with all the e-mails so I dropped to the two mile radius and you would not believe how many there are, i recieved another tonight about a 60 year old that molested a girl under 13!!! how to hell did he EVER see daylight again????

  • s c

    It won’t take long for the rest of America to figure out what happened. What that damned healthcare reform scam amounts to is a healthcare version of Pearl Harbor.
    The preliminary evaluations are already in, and it seems the Obummer crowd has some tall explaining to do. The polite version will be ‘technical difficulties.’ The real explanation is LIES.
    Gee, what a surprise. I can’t wait for all of Washington’s ultraliberal progressives, far left sleazoids and assorted mental defectives to re-create the English language and find more new ways to LIE to us.
    With someone like Obummer, either rip off his glued-on mask, bend over and smile, America. There is no third option.

  • Norm
  • Norm

    Oh well there is always 2010 ….or not.

  • Norm
  • http://www.americairemember,com angel-wanna-be

    It was a sad day for America when the Healthcare bill was passed_the railroading of this bill, opened up new doors for the Dems to ram rod, anything and everything, they deem important enough to pass. It was also a way to by pass a vote, such as Scott Browns.__and they called Bill Clinton “SLICK WILLY”!__ The rhetoric spewed, by the Liberals, In a truley patriotic tone (THAT THIS HEALTHCARE IS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE) clearly shows, that, We The People obviously are too stupid to know what’s best for us and our families.Washington, could care less what we think!__The only people heard are the constituients in agreement with the dems. I do believe elected officials at one time had our best interest at heart, but today they campaign on one platform and then do a 360 once elected, across the board. Quite frankly, American confidence in Government sucks!__ While Government was never to be trusted, it just continues to get worse.._As a result of the passing of the Healthcare Bill,Some naysayers of it are, throwing around death threats to some dems and damaging property__In my opinion, violence isn’t going to change a thing!__but on The other hand, the Dems knew and by passed the will of the people, by passing this bill into law, they had to expect some kind of retaliation.____The Obama Admnistration has an agenda and are hell bent following it to a T. Regardless that we are in the midst of one of the worst recessions in a long time. (new unemployed numbers 442,000) The dems continues to push the envelope with Constitution and the people,and say the anger will diminish over time__Mark my words, we’ll Remember in November___Even though Medicaid, Medicare, and the post office are failing. The Government now owns 1/6 of our economy with another entitlement program. 16,000 new employee hires for the IRS, to CONTROL THE PEOPLE and make sure our insurance coverage is up to, the new “lower standards” of the new health care bill.__These 16,000 new hires, must be part of the Obama Administrations claim, the jobs that were “CREATED OR SAVED”!???__The only rich left in America will be the Government rich.___America, Welcome to Socialism 101!___Reagan said it would come like a thief in the night!___

  • James A Graham

    ——-Original Message——-

    From: James Graham

    From: S STEELE
    Subject: FW: Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution

    As a widow of a military retiree, who stood with her husband for over 20 years while he served this country (which was the greatest in the world until this Congress and President took over), I have to say I agree. Shirley

    As a retired military man that have given over twenty-seven years of my life to my country, I truly feel that what this
    Country needs most is a new amendment to the Constitution . I am recommending that we add the 28th amendment to the Constitution of the UNITED STATES.

    For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that Congress members could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn’t pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is being considered…in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

    This is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come, Jim.

    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

    “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Congressman, Senators and Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Congressman. Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States”.

    This 28th amendment to the Constitution of the UNITED STATES Will apply to all passed, present and future
    congressman, Senators And Representatives.
    Just think how must money this action would save the tax payers!!!!!

    HTCM USN Retired James A. Graham E-Mail address is ( ) Please forward !!!!!!!


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