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Historic Victory: Congress Passes Obama's Health Reform By Three Votes

by HFCadmin ·

219 congressmen voted in favor and 212 against the reform. The vote represents an historic triumph for Obama and the Democrats. The measure seeks to cover about 30 million Americans who currently lack health insurance. The House of Representatives on Monday approved the health reform in the U.S., which represents a historic victory of the president and the Democratic majority in Congress. The deciding vote came almost exactly at 22. Local 49 hours, when Congress passed by 219 votes in favor, three more than the 216 needed, and 212 against the bill had already received approval from the Senate in December. The measure, a goal that had eluded many presidents for a century, and only requires the signature of Obama to become law, something the White House has indicated it will not happen until Tuesday at least. Half an hour later, Congress approved the second part of the reform, a bill introducing a number of amendments to the reform to make it taste of House.

This second part now goes to the Senate, which plans to see her this week and could vote on it on Friday or Saturday, but in principle provide insurmountable obstacles to its approval. None of the 178 House Republicans voted for the measure. Over thirty Democrats joined their “no.” “The measure has been approved,” said an exultant leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, while congressional Democrats burst into applause. In the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Obama, who had followed the vote, accompanied by some forty officials, broke into applause as his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, embraced the presidential political adviser David Axelrod.

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