A landmark health care reform bill extending health coverage to 96% of Americans passed the House of Representatives last night by a vote of 220 to 215.
All Democrats voted for the health care reform bill except:
Collin C. Peterson
Michael E. McMahon
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
No Republicans voted for the health care reform bill except:
Temper Tantrums on the House Floor Fail to Block Health Care Reform
Partisan politics were nowhere more evident than in the obstreperous tactics used in the floor debate. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post described the temper tantrum tactics of Republicans doomed to defeat and unwilling to display good sportsmanship:
According to Milbank, when Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) said “I ask unanimous consent,” he was interrupted by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the House leader, shouting “I object.”
Price objected 7 more times before Capps could finish his sentence. Despite the presiding officer informing Capps that nothing had been said upon which an objection could be based, Capps continued his childish tantrum. As Milbank described it:
“Capps started over. “I ask unanimous consent to revise my remarks — “
“I object!” cried Price, sounding like Ned Flanders on “The Simpsons.” “I object! I object! I object! I object!””
Capps’ disruption was part of a package of Republican obstructionist tactics that included dozens of baseless objections and pointless parliamentary inquiries that delayed the debate 90 minutes but ultimately had no bearing on the outcome.
4 Percent Uncovered by Health Insurance Reform Bill
The estimated 4 % of Americans not required to obtain insurance or pay a penalty for failure to do so includes persons with religious objections to obtaining health insurance and undocumented aliens.
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