Sunday Roundup of All Things Health Care Reform (UPDATED)

Historic, "Bi-Partisan" Heath care reform passed 220 to 215 late last night (1 Republican, Rep. Joseph Cao (R-Louisiana), voted in favor of it).

Moments ago, the House of Representatives passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act by a vote of 220-215, with one Republican — Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) — voting for the measure. Once the bill reached the needed threshold of 218 votes, the chamber erupted in applause. Members excitedly counted down the last few seconds of the vote.

NY Times: Sweeping Health Care Plan Passes House

WASHINGTON — Handing President Obama a hard-fought victory, the House narrowly approved a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s health care system on Saturday night, advancing legislation that Democrats said could stand as their defining social policy achievement.

After a daylong clash with Republicans over what has been a Democratic goal for decades, lawmakers voted 220 to 215 to approve a plan that would cost $1.1 trillion over 10 years. Democrats said the legislation would provide overdue relief to Americans struggling to buy or hold on to health insurance.

“This is our moment to revolutionize health care in this country,” said Representative George Miller, Democrat of California and one of the chief architects of the bill.

Democrats were forced to make major concessions on insurance coverage for abortions to attract the final votes to secure passage, a wrenching compromise for the numerous abortion-rights advocates in their ranks.


The final vote tally.

Best floor speech against the Rethugs "substitute" bill:
During debate of the health care bill, Rep. George Miller (D-CA) noted that after 12 years of controlling the House and 8 years in control of the White House at the same time, Republicans "left behind 37 million Americans without health insurance." He continued, "And now they come forward with a plan for the future, and over the next decade, they're going to leave behind 50 million Americans! Wanna buy it? Wanna try it? Wanna sell it? Come on America, buy this one. You're guaranteed to be left behind if you're left behind today."

Weirdest moment is from? You guessed it! Nutter Michele Bachmann:
Rep Michele Bachmann Wears A Hawaiian Lei During Her Anti-Health Reform Remarks

Don't you just love that she knows where the camera is?

Best tweet of the night came from Rep. Earl Blumenauer as nutter Michele Bachmann took to the floor wearing that Hawaiian Lei around her neck:
Most over the top Rethug during the debate took place outside on the Capitol steps:
GOP Rep.: ‘Democratic bill requires the government to encourage suicide’

Rep. Steven King, (R-IA), the leader of today's anti-reform rally, told a crowd that page #644 of the Democratic health reform bill says, "The government will be required to encourage suicide, and, or assisted suicide."

This, of course, is factually false.

President Obama's Initial Reaction:

Democratic House Leadership Remarks After Health Reform Bill Passage:

President Obama's Official Statement on the House's Passage of Health Care Reform:
Tonight, in an historic vote, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would finally make real the promise of quality, affordable health care for the American people.

The Affordable Health Care for America Act is a piece of legislation that will provide stability and security for Americans who have insurance; quality affordable options for those who don't; and bring down the cost of health care for families, businesses, and the government while strengthening the financial health of Medicare. And it is legislation that is fully paid for and will reduce our long-term federal deficit.

Thanks to the hard work of the House, we are just two steps away from achieving health insurance reform in America. Now the United States Senate must follow suit and pass its version of the legislation. I am absolutely confident it will, and I look forward to signing comprehensive health insurance reform into law by the end of the year.

64 Democrats sold out 160,000 million American Woman last night, all for just a single Blue Dog's vote on health care reform.

The real traitors tonight (Yes on Stupak, No on HCR):

We had a total of 64 Democrats that voted "Yes" to the Stupak amendment, which added an unnecessary and excessive anti-abortion provision to the House healthcare bill that was passed tonight. However, there were a total of 23 Democrats that voted Yes on the Stupak amendment, and then followed that up with a "No" vote on the final healthcare bill vote. These 23 Democrats intentionally voted for the Stupak amendment to actively impair the Democrats' healthcare bill, something far worse than a simple "No" vote on the bill.

see the list/make your calls...

Stupak Amendment Passes; 64 Dems Ask for Primary Opponents:

It’s a fundamental part of our belief system in the Democratic Party, that women have a right to privacy in their reproductive health care decisions. We’ve fought long and hard to protect this right.

And now we’ve seen decades of work to protect this fundamental human right dashed by our own Democratic representatives.


64 Democrats Voted To Put A Bureaucrat Between You, Your Insurance Provider, And Your Doctor On The Issue Of Abortion
Abortion would be the only legal medical procedure that the bill would ban insurance companies from covering. Abortion will be the only legal medical procedure the bill will officially “ration.” By voting for the amendment, 64 Democrats and all but one Republican voted to put a government bureaucrat between you, your insurance provider, and your doctor.

If you choose to have an abortion, your doctor is willing to refer the procedure, and your insurance provider is willing to pay for the procedure, this amendment will have a government bureaucrat prevent that from happening. For all the talk about small government, these representatives are more than happy to give the government more power as long as it is used to restrict a woman’s right to choose.

You can see which Democrats voted for the Stupak amendment here.


Pro-choice Dems frustrated over abortion amendment:
Pro-choice activists are sounding the alarm over the Stupak amendment, named after Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI). The last-minute compromise will prohibit insurance coverage of elective abortions for anyone receiving federal aid.

Abortion-rights supporters in the House were frustrated by the concession to 40 anti-abortion democrats who indicated they wouldn't vote for H.R. 3962 unless the current provisions were changed. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) told Politico "pro-choice members are not happy this morning."


How many uninsured are there in your district? How much has your representative taken from the heath care industry? you district Did he or she vote for health care reform or not? The Washington post has a great chart.
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NEW POLL: Dems Who Oppose Public Option Bill Today Will Lose Obama Voters in 2010:
Democrats in Congress: Are you paying attention? Below are highlights from the poll. You can see more results here.

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Creigh Deeds seen as "not progressive enough" by huge margin. 64% of Democratic Obama voters and 58% of Independent Obama voters said Deeds was "not progressive enough" compared to only 8% of Democrats and 16% of Independent Obama voters who said he was "too far to the left." (Overall, 5 to 1.)

Obama's voters want the public option. 88% of Democratic Obama voters and 80% of Independent Obama voters favor a public health insurance option to compete with private insurance plans. 93% of those polled said health care is "very" or "somewhat" important when they vote.

Creigh Deeds hurt by opposition to public option. When asked, "Before the election for Governor, Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds said he would side with conservatives and push for Virginia to 'opt out' of the public insurance plan. Did this make you more excited or less excited to vote in this year's election, or did it have no impact?" 41% of those polled said it made them less excited, only 6% said it made them more excited (7 to 1).

Without a public option, Obama voters will continue to drop off in 2010. 43% of Democratic and Independent Obama voters said they are less likely to vote at all in the 2010 general election if Congress does not pass a public option as part of health care reform, compared to only 8% who are more likely to vote. If they do vote, by 46% to 6%, they will be less likely to vote for a Democratic candidate if Democrats do not pass a public option.

GOP leader: ‘Healthcare bill will dim the light of freedom’:
Shortly after a Democrat-backed healthcare bill passed the House late Saturday night, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued a statement denouncing the "2,032-page" bill as a "$1.3 trillion government takeover of health care."

“I came here to renew the American Dream, so my kids and their kids have the same opportunities I had. I came here to fight big-government monstrosities like this bill that dim the light of freedom and diminish opportunity for future generations," Boehner said in a statement.


(photo h/t Crooks & Liars)

Healthcare Reform Bill Passes House – and Fox Nation Erupts With Violent Rhetoric....

Once again, Joe & his threats: Lieberman Pledges To Filibuster House Bill: The Public Option Is ‘Unnecessary’

It isn’t really Lieberman’s “conscience” that is driving him to oppose the public option — more likely it’s his ego (since he told reporters that he likes feeling “relevant“). After all, Lieberman opposed the Senate Finance Committee bill even though it didn’t have a public option, and in 1994, his “conscience” told him that the filibuster was “unfair” and shouldn’t be used to block major legislation. He has also asserted that the public option would raise premiums and increase the debt, even though the Congressional Budget Office has disputed those claims. Furthermore, 60 percent of his constituents support a public option, but Lieberman has dismissed them as just being “confused.”

Added bonus...

This was from earlier in the day, when male GOP Republican Lawmakers started shouting down Democratic Women Lawmakers:
GOP Gone Wild: Unruly Republicans Silence Women Lawmakers With Screams, Shouts, And Delay Tactics


Here's Rep. Joseph Cao (R-Louisiana) on CNN explaining his vote (h/t GottaLaff):


Obama tells the Senate the ball's in their court now:

President Obama appeared in the Rose Garden to offer this statement thanking lawmakers for taking a "courageous vote," also saying it was time for the Senate to "take the baton" on health care reform.

From MSNBC: Obama: 'Now it falls on the United States Senate'

The NY Times has, like the WaPo, a nifty chart, Their focuses on which Democrats voted against.
House Democrats Who Voted Against the Health Care Bill:

Lawmakers in the House voted 220 to 215 on Saturday night to approve a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s health care system. Only one Republican voted for the bill, and 39 Democrats opposed it, including 24 members of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition. An overwhelming majority of the Democratic lawmakers who opposed the bill — 31 of the 39 — represent districts that were won by Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, in the 2008 presidential election, and a third of them were freshmen. Nearly all of the fourteen freshmen Democrats who voted “no” represent districts that were previously Republican and are considered vulnerable in 2010. Geographically, 22 lawmakers from southern states formed the largest opposition bloc. Below are details on the Democrats that opposed the health care legislation in the House.

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