Monday, March 22, 2010

Health Reform Bill Passes the House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the health insurance reform bill on Sunday by a vote of 220 to 212. All Republicans voted "No" on the bill (see the final roll call on the House's web site). Among its many provisions, the bill provides for government subsidies for health insurance to individuals and families at lower income levels, and it also penalizes individuals and business that fail to purchase health insurance for themselves or their employees. Take a look at the bill, HR 4872, to read all of the details.

See the White House blog to read a transcript or view the video clip of President Obama's speech in response to the passage of the legislation. For media coverage, read "House Passes Health-Care Reform Bill Without Republican Votes" and "Obama to Sign Health-Care Bill into Law Tuesday," both from the Washington Post. The Senate still must work on a package of revisions that was added to the bill on Sunday, but the President still plans to sign the bill into law on Tuesday.

To find information and statistics on health as well as the reactions to the bill by U.S. government health agencies, take a look at our guide.

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