Late on Saturday night the House of Representatives passed health care reform bill H.R. 3962 by a vote of 220-215.
According to CNN.com, H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, “seeks to expand health care coverage to the approximately 40 million uninsured Americans…[and] includes a new government-run insurance plan (a.k.a. a public option) to compete with the private companies, a requirement that all Americans have health insurance, a ban on denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition and, to pay for it all, a surtax on individuals with incomes above $500,000.”
But Democrats weren’t the only ones elated about tonight’s passage of the health care reform bill.
Twitter overflowed with tweets about the health care reform bill. Users tagged their tweets #hrc, and according to Trenidistic, a site that tracks trends on Twitter, #hrc became a hot topic at 7am on Saturday. It peaked at 10pm right as the bill passed, and continues to be a hot topic as of 2:30am CST.
Millions of Twitterers in favor of the health care reform bill expressed their opinions:
Of the 220 House members who voted yes on the bill, all were Democrat except for Representative Ahn “Joseph” Cao, a Republican from Louisiana. According to his website, Mr. Cao believes that “Louisianans need real options for primary care, for mental health care, and for expanded health care for seniors and children.” The New York Times reports that his decision to vote yes on the health care bill “tickled” House Democrats.
Despite the success of H.R. 3962, CNN reports that anti-abortion democrats introduced an “amendment to pending health care legislation that prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option and in the insurance ‘exchange’ the bill would create.” The amendment passed with a 240-194 vote.
Pro-choice Twitterers spoke out about this step backwards in health care reform:
The 2,000 page health care reform bill is available in its entirety at opencongress.org.
Now that the bill has passed through the house, legislation moves to the Senate.