House Passes Comprehensive Health Care Reform Bill
Late last night the House of Representatives passed a sweeping health care bill, dubbed the "most comprehensive healthcare reform in over a century." The bill which passed 219-212, without a singe Republican vote now goes to the President for his signature and will become the law of the land.
It is estimated that an additional 32 million people will be insured with some changes being put into effect over the next few months, but the most sweeping changes will occur around 2014. The bill passed last night is essentially the Senate bill, warts and all. So to make sure the amendments become law, a companion "fix it" bill, consisting of changes made to the larger Senate bill was also passed by a second vote of 220-211. This little companion bill-of-changes now goes to the Senate for a vote.
The debate inside and outside of the chamber has been heated and full of rhetoric to say the least. But now that the main bill has been passed, what are your thoughts personally and professionally? How will you, your family, your organization-and even healthcare delivery as a whole- be affected?