March 21st, 2010
10:57 PM ET

House of Representatives votes for health care reform

The House of Representatives has passed a sweeping $875 billion health care reform bill.  The measure, which cleared the Senate in December, will now head to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

The bill passed in a 219-212 vote.  All 178 Republicans opposed it, along with 34 Democrats.

CNN is tracking every development today with continuous updates, the Political Ticker and live gavel-to-gavel coverage.

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  1. Sharon

    Another point to make. The gov't gave AIG and other orgnizations billions of dollars to sustain and keep those organizations operating. Yet all their execustives still got high salaries and bonuses. Questions is? We gave money to badly run companies amounting to billiones of dollars and no one said a word, there wasn't a long debate and long process to give those companies billions of $. Companies who are badly run by the very exceutives who continued to receive millions of $ plus bonuses from money the gov't gave them which is our tax money. Clearly, we are rewordng executives for doing a bad job with millions of $. Money that should be used to take care of the people. The health plan, reduced medication cost. Make health care accessible to all.

    March 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. obamafubar

    I think it is time for the Military to honor the oath they made to defend the constitution from enemies both foreign and DOMESTIC.

    All members of congress (sorry to those who have been fighting the good fight) and this marxist administration need to be removed and jury pool style replacements put into place until emergency elections can be implemented .

    This is no longer about politics, this is about the heart and soul of our country, this is a culture war. The marxist/communist/progressive hippies from the 60's are in control right now and they are hell bent on destroying America and bringing us under the thumb of a one world government rule. They want their version of utopia which is nothing more than an elitist control fantasy. I used to think this was an insane conspiracy theory, but no longer.

    We are on the precipice of a secession/civil war scenario. And quite frankly it may be our only hope to stop this madness!!!

    March 21, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. joyce n.yoder

    every representive who consider him or her self a american citizen should vote no. thats what the people want.You represent us. THAT WHY WE VOTED YOU IN>

    March 21, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Linda

    Today we will go down in history as a society that does not let their people die, because they can't "afford" to live. President Obama will be remembered as one of the greatest leaders of our time. He's just getting started. God Bless President Barack Obama! God Bless America!

    March 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. M P

    I beg to differ. Obama will go down as the President that bankrupted America and sent the country into the hands of the Chinese Bankers.

    March 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sylvia Jones

    I am believing and trusting in God for his will to be done. I believe God is MAD with America overall. We are a the richest country, but yet we treat our own people like trash. All americans care about is money and how they can get more of it. Nothing is wrong with wanting more, but we don't have to make others suffer to get it. Look at the insurance companies, the automotive companies, and the financial institutions. They never cared about the consumers who put them their. They are GREEDY! Now, we all have to see who is really in control.. Barack Obama is not in control, he just doing the right thing. God is in control and once Americans realize that, this country will continue to suffer. However, it will not be only the poor who suffers. I Challenge everyone on either policital side to PRAY AND ASK GOD FOR HIS WILL TO BE DONE!

    March 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Renee

    If you actually knew anything about the bill, you would not have made your comment! It is taking away the rights of the American people. It is one thing to make sure that every American has access to health coverage, it is another to MANDATE

    March 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Renee

    coverage or pay a fine or even be put in jail for not paying for health care...WAKE UP!!!!

    March 21, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Todd

    @Linda- Obama will go down as the single most unethical, lying president in our countries present history. Infanticide will explode beyond measure and death panels will reign as appointees deciding who lives and dies. If this totally unconstitutional bill really does become law today, it will go down in history as the day our elected officials started the landslide into socialism. I doubt God will currently bless Obama as he claims there are many ways to Heaven (John 10:1) and distances himself from Isreal and their rights. Why would God bless America when America does everything it can do distance itself from God? Please Linda, educate yourself. We are in for a world of hurt and your excited about it.

    March 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Debbie Ford

    It is time to vote YES for reforms... Time to stop misinformatiion and scare tactics! The tyrany is the insurers... dropping people, limiting what they will cover, no restraints on increasing premiums... those insured should be able to continue coverage when changing/losing jobs and not have to pay more just because they are not able to keep the same insurance... not to mention that preexisting conditions can then be considered for every illness when previously covered under a different insurer! One could say that being born is a preexisting condition as we will all die.

    We need to have insurance available so that our emergency rooms will not increasingly be used for primary care... should be used mostly for trauma... I urge a YES vote to finally get started with long overdue reform... this shold be a good start and no bill will be "perfect" from the get-go.

    March 21, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Johann

    Today Obama issued an executive order to prevent money from the health care bill to be used for Abortions! He just sentenced to death hundreds maybe thousands of little girls in the ghetto whose parents worked for his campaign and voted for him. The back alley butchers will still be in business Obama is a Traitor!
    Does anyone really think that the insurance companies especially now with an executive order as a weapon will consider incest, rape, or life endangerment? Women are expendable obviously!

    March 21, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tuck

    If you don't work you don't eat. Why do so many feel as though they deserve a free ride through life. As it is we as taxpayers pay for single moms to crank out babies as fast as they can get their legs open. I'm scared where this is taking us as a country. We're in debt up to our eyeballs. What about insisting that people be responsible.

    March 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anne

    Dear Linda – The problem is that the current bill does NOT allow people to live – it will be the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade. Abortion is the murder of thousands of innocent lives and life long damage to the women who choose it. We may need health care reform, but we do not need an expansion of abortion. Our congress men and women need to vote NO on the current bill and continue the debate. The majority of American people do not want to fund abortions with their tax dollars.

    March 21, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    As a pro-life democrat, I am thankful for the comprise that Rep Stupak and the WH reached. This is an imperfect bill, but way better than doing nothing. The current situation is NOT sustainable and this is THE time for a comprehensive healthcare reform.

    Thank you President Obama, Rep Stupak and democrats! History will remember you fondly, contrary to what the Republicans are saying (wishfully thinking, more like).

    March 21, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BW

    The deficit for fiscal year 2009, which ended Sept. 30, came in at a record $1.42 trillion, more than triple the record set just last year.

    March 21, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
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