WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Sunday night that the passage of health care reform is "not a victory for any one party. ... It's a victory for the American people and it's a victory for common sense."
"This is what change looks like," he said.
Washington (CNN) – An anti-abortion rights organization is withdrawing an award it planned to present Rep. Bart Stupak, after the Michigan Democrat announced Sunday he would support health care reform legislation.
The Susan B. Anthony List had chosen Stupak to receive the “Defender of Life” award at the “Campaign for Life Gala” Wednesday here in the nation’s capital. Stupak and several Democrats said that they would vote for the health care bill after President Obama assured them that no federal funding would be allowed to pay for abortion. Obama released an executive order that emphasized abortions would not be paid for with federal dollars.
“By accepting this deal from the most pro-abortion President in American history, Stupak has not only failed to stand strong for unborn children, but also for his constituents and pro-life voters across the country,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement shortly before the House was set to vote on the controversial bill.
Dannenfelser charged that the executive order was not enough.
"The executive order on abortion funding does absolutely nothing to fix the problems presented by the health care reform bill that the House will vote on this evening,” she said. “The very idea should offend all pro-life Members of Congress. An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders. Most importantly, pro-abortion Representatives have admitted the executive order is meaningless."
Updated: 11:28 p.m.: Rep. Stupak spoke with CNN Sunday night about the decision of the Susan B. Anthony List. "I didn't seek the award," Stupak told CNN, "I stood on my principle. I don't need an award."
–CNN Producer Lesa Jansen contributed to this report.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The House of Representatives on Sunday passed a major package of changes to the health care reform bill.
The package passed in a 220-211 vote. All 178 Republicans opposed it, along with 33 Democrats. The changes, which must be approved by the Senate, would increase the total cost of the bill in its first 10 years from $875 billion to $940 billion.
Among other things, the package would expand insurance subsidies for middle- and lower-income families. It would also scale back the bill's taxes on high-end insurance plans.
Washington (CNNMoney.com) - The momentous vote the House took on Sunday made far-reaching changes to the American health care system.
When enacted, it will extend coverage to 32 million more people. It will protect policyholders from being bounced for pre-existing illnesses. It will expand Medicare prescription drug coverage and offer subsidies to help people pay for insurance.
The expansion of coverage isn't cheap. According to a preliminary estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, the legislation would cost $940 billion over the course of a decade. Offsetting provisions would reduce deficits by $143 billion in the first 10 years and by more than $1 trillion in the following decade.
But the economic mechanics of health care reform are exceedingly complex. Does the legislation do enough to protect the budget?
CNNMoney asked a panel of fiscal experts to size up the legislation from a budget perspective.
Washington (CNN) - 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's desk to be signed into law.
The bill passed in a 219-212 vote. All 178 Republicans opposed it, along with 34 Democrats.
Washington (CNN) - In the East Room late on Sunday night, President Obama is going to be blunt about casting the House's expected passage of his health care legislation as an achievement of historic proportions that shows he's starting to deliver on the dramatic change he promised on the campaign trail, according to Democratic officials familiar with the planned remarks.
"He's going to say we delivered - that we rose to the challenge," said one of the Democratic officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss Obama's speech before it is delivered. "It's about change, and what change looks like."
A second Democratic official said the president wants to show “we have a capacity as a country to take on big challenges. The fact that we could navigate the rocky shoals [on health care] is heartening for the future.”
Washington (CNN) – If House Democrats pass the Senate bill Sunday night, as is expected, a senior administration official said “it won’t be signed today.”
Instead, President Obama will deliver remarks after the vote in the White House East Room.
The president spent the day working the phones in an effort to sway reluctant Democrats, and reach or exceed the 216 “magic number” needed to pass the Senate bill.
Only too eager to show the president fully engaged with his sleeves rolled up, the White House posted two photos of Obama. One photo showed him taking calls in the Oval Office, the other with his legislative team in chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s office.
In just the last week, the president has logged more than 90 calls and meetings on health care, according to a senior aide.
Pelosi will use a gavel borrowed from fellow Democrat longtime Michigan Rep. John Dingell. Dingell used the gavel when he presided over the House as it passed the Medicare bill in 1965.
“A treasure in the Dingell family that was used in the enactment of the Medicare law”, Pelosi told reporters, “I will use it this evening when we cast a very successful vote for this important legislation. This has been a complete team effort, not only a team effort, a partnership with our leadership and every member of our caucus and we look forward to making this historic day known to the American people."
Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives has passed the rule governing remaining debate on the health care bill.
The rule, approved in 224-206 vote, sets aside two hours of debate time, now planned for Sunday night. Debate will be followed by votes on a $875 billion plan previously approved by the Senate, and a separate package of changes raising the total cost of the plan to $940 billion.
All 178 Republicans opposed the rule, along with 28 Democrats.