House to vote on health care reform bill

Jenny Decker RN's picture

In an historic moment, the House will vote on the health care reform bill tonight. If passed, then the bill will move onto the Senate. At the present time, the House continues to vote on certain amendments to the bill.

President Obama walked into a private Democrat meeting today to provide encouragement and inspiration to the Democratics attempting to push the health care insurance reform through. In the Cannon Caucus room, the President said, “I am absolutely confident that you guys will get this done. I am absolutely confident that when I sign this bill in the Rose Garden, each and every one of you will be able to look back and say, “This was my finest moment in politics.”


With a 1,990 page bill, Americans would be required to purchase health insurance, creating a market for individual health coverage to provide affordable policies for even those individuals that do not get insurance from their employers. Subsidies will be in place to help those unable to afford health insurance. If the health care reform bill passes the House it will move to the Senate and then onto the President for signing.

The health care reform bill, will provide coverage for 96% of Americans. Currently, there are over 47 million Americans without health care coverage. With this historic event tonight, it is up to the House to provide that peace of mind to Americans that they can get health care when needed. Pre-existing conditions will not be a problem. Health insurance companies will not be allowed to discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions by denying coverage or coverage that is more expensive.

The House has much to do tonight. With the expected time of voting on the full health care reform bill passed, work continues on amendments and hopefully the full passage of the bill on health care reform will be met tonight.