House passes health care bill

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WASHINGTON -- In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed landmark health care legislation Saturday night to expand coverage to tens of millions who lack it and place tough new restrictions on the insurance industry. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous.

The 220-215 vote cleared the way for the Senate to begin debate on the issue that has come to overshadow all others in Congress.

A triumphant Speaker Nancy Pelosi likened the legislation to the passage of Social Security in 1935 and Medicare 30 years later.

"It provides coverage for 96 percent of Americans. It offers everyone, regardless of health or income, the peace of mind that comes from knowing they will have access to affordable health care when they need it," said Rep. John Dingell, the 83-year-old Michigan lawmaker who has introduced national health insurance in every Congress since succeeding his father in 1955.

In the run-up to a final vote, conservatives from the two political parties joined forces to impose tough new restrictions on abortion coverage in insurance policies to be sold to many individuals and small groups. They prevailed on a roll call of 240-194.

Ironically, that only solidified support for the legislation, clearing the way for conservative Democrats to vote for it.

The legislation would require most Americans to carry insurance and provide federal subsidies to those who otherwise could not afford it. Large companies would have to offer coverage to their employees. Both consumers and companies would be slapped with penalties if they defied the government's mandates.

Insurance industry practices such as denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions would be banned, and insurers would no longer be able to charge higher premiums on the basis of gender or medical history. In a further slap, the industry would lose its exemption from federal antitrust restrictions on price gouging, bid rigging and market allocation.

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Lumbarsupport
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Lumbarsupport 11/08/09 - 01:27 am
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Thank You President Obama! I

Thank You President Obama! I now will enjoy free medical care, free Rx, I don't have to have pay for private coverage, and my level of care will go up. The good news is that my taxes will not be raised and the money to pay for this free care will materialize out of thin air. This is the greatest thing since Social Security!!!! The robust performance of that plan should put to rest any complaints about the plan that you, President Obama have given to us. A cynic would ask the question if you, your wife, your children, Nancy Pelosi, Oprah, Joe Biden or any of the cheerleaders of this plan actually be in the position to be subjected to it? Or will you, and they, continue to use the doctors that they choose, an option that you have now denied us. Things are going to get very interesting when every hip replacement surgery turns into a race quota issue. I didn't get the hip because I'm XX, damn XXX. ( fill in white, black, Asian, pacific islander, gay, straight, trans gender, ....for xx and XXX. )
Where is our anchor of hope and change? IF IT WAS SUCH A GOOD IDEA, WHY WAS IT PASSED IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT ON A WEEKEND?

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rneil98 11/08/09 - 01:47 am
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They did it in the dead of

They did it in the dead of night because they knew it would stink in the light (and heat) of the day. God help us all.

Southern_Patriot
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Southern_Patriot 11/08/09 - 06:39 am
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barack hussein obama may soon

barack hussein obama may soon own you, how's that for change?

Lorraine
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Lorraine 11/08/09 - 11:36 am
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Great news! Now on to the

Great news! Now on to the Senate. rnei98 God is helping us in this process.

noils
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noils 11/08/09 - 12:34 pm
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John Barrow, our DEMOCRATIC

John Barrow, our DEMOCRATIC Congressman in the 12th District, voted against the healthcare reform bill. The 12th has 95,000 uninsured citizens. Voters are 50% minority. The average per capita income is $15,000 which is less than half that of Georgia as a whole. Thanks Barrow for representing the healthcare lobbyists who have donated generously to your campaign but not your constituents who lack the means to make political contributions.

Barrow has also supported the Iraq War since he was first elected. He voted against President Obama's budget. About the only thing Democrat about Barrow is that he supports labor union positions as they donated money to his campaign. Other than that he's a Republican.

Lowell Greenbaum will continue to support Barrow and once again fail to provide Richmond County with a Democrat to vote for. This Dem will sit out the 2010 election. I encourage others who are disgusted with Barrows vote against healthcare reform to do so as well. If you aren't wealthy, John Barrow is not friend of yours.

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disssman 11/08/09 - 01:13 pm
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noils. Go to opensecrets.com

noils. Go to opensecrets.com and look at who was paying for Barrows vote. What a guy, runs as a democrat and votes like a republican. I will do my level best in 2010, to see that he works for the insurance companys that he loves to vote for. Further, I am sending e-mail after e-mail to the Speaker of the house, encouraging her to remove these back stabbing scum from comittee assignments before they give the entire congress to the Republican party.

noils
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noils 11/08/09 - 03:42 pm
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disssman - Some of the Blue

disssman - Some of the Blue Dog Democrats won in conservative districts and have to vote with the Republicans on occassion to survive. That's better than having a rightwinger like Paul Broun represent you in Congress. In Barrow's case the 12th District leans Democratic. He's a member of the Zell Miller wing of the Democratic Party because that's what he believes in.

I've been to Opensecrets. Check out how wealthy Barrow is. No wonder he votes with the Republicans on tax issues. Good idea on emailing Speaker Pelosi. I'll also send one to Rahm Emanuel encouraging him to not have a member of the administration campaign for Barrow. I've also contacted John pleading with him to change his party affiliation to Republican. If he doesn't I'll get the Green Party to find a candidate to run against him.

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KSL 11/08/09 - 07:39 pm
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I checked the demographics of

I checked the demographics of the 12th district today, noils, and your figures do not match what I read. Where did you get your information?

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