March 21st, 2010
10:54 PM ET
5 years ago

BREAKING: House passes Senate health care reform bill

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.


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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. aliou jacksonville, FL

    Thank you, President Obama and Ms. Pelosi for your leadership in this life changing vote. Thank you and all those who voted for the bill.
    Thank you for giving me hope and life, and an opportunity.

    March 21, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. CEE

    The Republicans are talking abortion, when they don't care about people or abortions, all they care about is lining their pockets from the greed of big Insurance and big Companies.

    March 21, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  3. Helena

    Yes we can pass health care reform and yes we did! Thank you President Obama!

    March 21, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  4. gare

    Pathetic and Corrupt....Nancy Pelosi and the house Democrats along with arm twisting by President Obama have damaged our country today. Our economy and our healthcare system will be weaker because of this vote. Makes me sick!

    March 21, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  5. Marihnat

    The Democrates are cowards. I can't believe that they could not vote the way the american public wanted. I hope they all get voted out of office soon. and Obama follows right behind them. Vote for a program that has to collect money for 10 years to pay for 6 years of benefits. The Dems are real rocket scientists. They believe every word the jerks in the white house tell them. And if they believe that this is going to save money just look at medicare that is bankrupt and you will see the future for this new entitlement program. Bankruptcy.

    March 21, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. Accountant Guy

    Good job, even with the Republicans and their racist cronies, the job still got done.

    March 21, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. Jon

    Amazing – Yes, Historically – the dumbest legislation process to occur in the last 40 years! Let's tell our children and grandchildren in the future that we "got" this ultra large government takeover without anyone ever knowing what exactly was in the bill (since no human could ever read and process 2500 pages plus in 3 days).

    It almost sounds to dumb to be true!

    March 21, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I am glad this passed. This is historic. I hope that I won't have to worry about my kids needing health insurance after they graduate college. This gives me some piece of mind. I hope to see what will happen after this.

    March 21, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  9. daniel

    Great!! Health care for all ! Now. Emigration reform. Mr president please

    March 21, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  10. KD

    This terrifies me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I see the States dividing, I see China OWNING US.. I see the stocks falling. I see all hell breaking loose..

    Note: to call the stock guy tomorrow.

    ALL this from a Guy that cant even decide on a Cabinet. is this legal? Constitutional? Just what kind of Goverment body do we really have? How many ' extra things' were added or conned in this bundle of paper not many have actully read clear thru???

    scary !!!!!!!!!! SCARY !
    just what have our 'elected' people done? the ones that Represent YOU! that are sworn to serve the people? or thier own butts?

    March 21, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. Kat

    What a mess!! Our country as we know it is done. If they think more jobs will be created now they are very wrong. The idiots we have in Washington don't have a clue what they just did to our Country. remember in November and 2012.

    March 21, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  12. Angel

    yes!! ha ha...... the people spoke....

    March 21, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  13. John T

    America doesn't care about you after your are born. Off to war and no health care....just stay in the womb. John T.

    March 21, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  14. Jon

    The only good thing to come of this bill is that NOT ONE Republican took the Obama bait, despite several being promised deals. At least we can claim the moral victory and have tons of fodder for the next elections!

    Let's all vote these losers out of office and teach them a lession – that government officials are elected to represent their constituents, not to fullfil some crazy half-baked idea of making the wrong side of history.

    HOW ABOUT TERM LIMITS AND PASSING A LAW THAT NEW BILLS NEED TO ACTUALLY BE READ BEFORE BEING VOTED ON

    March 21, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  15. Tim Strabala

    Excellent news that a long-overdue reform of the health care system has finally been enacted in the United States and that another 10% of its population will have access to health care!

    I find it disheartening that the political discourse is so polarized that the Republicans are acting in lockstep to scaremonger with the dreaded "socialism" word to score political points rather than act for the good of America. The sky is not falling – the governments of many healthy democracies subsidize health care far more than the United States.

    Congratulations to President Obama and to congress for this historic legislation!

    March 21, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  16. Shawn McCord

    I am sorely discouraged and upset with the just passed health care bill. The bill is a direct and gross violation of our constitutional rights and of our God given right to choose. The federal government has no right to force anybody to purchase their health care plan. The federal government has no right to force me or any other American to pay a tax that we do not believe in or support such as the Obama Health care. I encourage all states to sue the federal government for violating our constitutional rights and our God given right to freely choose.

    March 21, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. JAMES

    Finally sense has penetrated the US government after 40 years of inaction. The founding fathers fathered a very faulty undemocratic democratic system. This is shown by the fact that it took 4 years to produce a very weak health system

    March 21, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  18. Mike O

    They certainly didn't listen to their constituents. They'll listen in November.

    March 21, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  19. PHIL BOWMAN

    And that Grandson was the end of America as we know it!

    Grandapa a life long Democrat will vote against every one that voted for this bill. ANd if they decide to repeal it i will vote for it as well. I am only trying to save your future Grandson.

    Now throw that AARP card in the fireplace for Grandpa!

    God Bless America

    March 21, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  20. Jon

    Where is everyone? Oh, I guess they are drinking the Kool-Aid!

    March 21, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  21. glarn skeebleman

    President Obama and Speaker Polosi, I salute you. A grateful nation extends its thanks.

    March 21, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  22. Karen

    Thank you Dems for doing the right thing.

    March 21, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  23. Tom B

    Great news! Can someone now please tell us what is in the bill?

    March 21, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  24. maria

    Thank you President Obama and Nancy Peloisi.

    March 21, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  25. Ken

    At last!!! It was a long time coming – and really overdue!!! Thanks Mr. President! You have achieved this in one year whereas the Republicans in their last twenty years in office since 1980 couldn't seem to or didn't want to achieve this in the interests of the American people! The American People before Insurance Companies!!!!

    March 21, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
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