Saturday, November 07, 2009
I've been assigned to write stories on the health care bill tonight, so I might as well live blog it. 10:15 The House just passed an amendment banning federal funding of abortions except in some cases. Sixty-four Democras joined 176 Republicans in voting for it. Since abortion is the crown jewel in the liberal crown, this really means nothing because as long as dems control Congress, they can change it later on. 10:30 House just rejected the Republican alternative bill. The Republican plan was considerably smaller and more targeted than the one put forth by Democrats, focusing on cost controls and curbing medical malpractice lawsuits. 10:30 Expecting final vote on health care bill within the hour. This is like watching the British House. Lots of yelling, booing and cheering. 11:05. Bill has passed! Cheers from democrats. 220 for, 215 against. One Republican from Louisiana voted for it. The bill must now pass in the Senate, which is preparing its own version. Differences between the House and Senate versions will have to be reconciled and approved by another vote before the bill goes to Obama for his signature. So, hope is not lost. There is still a long row to hoe.