President Barack Obama speaks following the historic vote of the House of Representatives to finally pass the health care reform legislation on Sunday night. The vote (219-212) ends a nearly 100-year-old debate of which the President said, it “wasn’t an easy vote but it was the right vote”.
He also tweeted: “Tonight’s vote is not a victory for any one party – it is a victory for the American people. Tonight, we answered the call of history.” The legislation extends health care to millions of uninsured Americans, a proposal dating back to Pres. Theodore Roosevelt, and marks the largest federal health care guarantees since Medicare and Medicaid were enacted over forty years ago.
It hasn’t been easy. On Saturday, the President spoke about how critics in the past argued against Social Security and Medicare, just as they had done presently regarding health care reform, but added that he believed “[we can do what's right]“.
And it’s not over yet. The Senate has to first determine whether it affects the Social Security trust fund. Following a decision, debates are then scheduled to begin Tuesday and end either Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Republicans can try to override any ruling, but since it requires 60 votes to do so, it’s highly unlikely they’ll be able to with only 41 members.
But with a conservative blogger calling for the assassination of the President, anything is possible.