The House of Representatives passed a landmark health care reform bill yesterday, which is expected to save $138 billion in the first 10 years and $1.2 trillion in the second ten years. Obama said in a speech following the vote, “This is what change looks like.”
The House actually voted on two different pieces of legislation on Sunday: the Senate health bill and the amendments it suggested to that bill. Obama and the House both added clauses and promises to the bill before the vote was passed 220-211. Obama is expected to sign the bill into law on Tuesday.
It has been a tough fight for Democrats to secure support for this bill from both parties. It was the biggest vote in Washington in quite some time, and it takes its place in history alongside acts like Social Security and Medicare. While Pew Research polling finds that Americans are distrustful of some of the reforms, they are more wary of Congress taking no action to this point. While 51% of those polled believe their health-care costs will increase with this new law, 63% believe their costs will also rise if the system stays the same.
Senator John (Jay) Rockefeller is the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and he, “commends the House of Representatives for taking such a strong vote in favor if the American people…” Beyond the strong statement Congress has made by passing meaningful legislation, he believes the new system will provide affordable coverage and significant reforms to private insurance, things Americans want and need.