The Senate passed President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform bill at 7:00 a.m. yesterday (thurs.) morning without a single Republican vote. The 60-39 landslide victory moved the bill through the body and now calls for the Senate’s version of the bill to be merged with the House of Representatives’ version that was previously passed in November.
The House of Representatives’ bill was much harder to pass and narrowly missed opposition with a 220-215 vote, with one majority vote coming from a Republican.
Conference committee negotiations will meet to discuss the merging of the two bills. Both bills call for extending healthcare coverage to 30 million more Americans. The major point of contention is whether or not the bill will include a public option, and whether or not the government will impose a fine on anyone who does not have health insurance.
It’s disturbing that they are actually considering “fining” folks for not having healthcare. Hello@!!! If they can’t afford healthcare, then what makes you think they can afford a fine? I’m sure EVERYONE WANTS HEALTHCARE…..just make it affordable!