March 21st, 2010
06:43 PM ET
13 years ago

House passes rule governing debate on health reform package

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.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Republicans are Repugnant Taliban

    History has been Made, the Repugliban have been routed and sent home with their tales between their legs. The wish of the American people has been carried forth and now comes the November elections. Bring it on Repugliban, now that the deed is done we are ready to match you vote per vote and send you packing like we did in 2008, will do once again in 2010 and will do even more severely in 2012 when even less Repugliban darken the halls of Congress, the age of hatred, bigotry, racism, and fear mongering is over, the Revolution for a new day has begun, the Repugliban will run for cover into the briars and the brambles and the places even the rabbits can't go but they shall not escape us, ALL REPUGLIBAN on the streets looking for a real job in 2010!!!!!!!

    March 21, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. Kathy

    Why is there so little conversation about health care implentation following the example the Veterans Administration has set all of these years? My understanding is that it's the best health care system in the world. Is that the plan? How does the government go from zero to 60 without a proven system to base it on. I think more people would be behind the president if we talked a little about how this happens instead of all the political infighting.

    March 21, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. Florence

    Finally a vote soon. I'm been waiting for this since Obama took the oval office. Happy for the Democrats they done good! Republicans will regret their obstructionism, they put politics ahead of people.

    March 21, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Ken in PIsgah Forest

    The Democrats made a mistake a long time ago when they decided to call this Health Care Reform. They should have called it Health Insurance Regulation and it would have been more palatable to more Americans and more descriptive of what it does.

    March 21, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Barry in Texas

    That's it, Donna. Tell it like it is, girl. Go after that bully, Alex Castellanos. He's been spreading a load of manure all afternoon. Just because he says something, he thinks that makes it true. What a pompous blowhard. Obviously a part of the George W Bush brain trust. I'm taking bets on how long before he goes to Fox.

    March 21, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    This will be the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the American public. When this bill passes, affordable health insurance and quality health care will be a thing of the past. Our American quality of life will be taken down a couple notches.

    Nice job anyway, Republicans. We just didn't vote enough of you into office in 2008. Our bad.

    March 21, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. Bedtime for Obonzo

    The Nation is doomed.

    March 21, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Kay Lo

    go DEMS go! I've been watching C-Span all day. The Rethuglicans are just trying to protect the insurance companies!

    Obama and the DEMS were elected BY A MAJORITY to do this very thing!

    Hopefully, after the Feds get done smacking down the insurance companies, they will start working on education, especially after the little textbook stunt Texas has pulled!

    March 21, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. Jai-hoe

    Hoping this will be as successful as Obamessiah's pick for the NCAA Final Four, quest to get the 2016 Olympics, and his campaining for Corzine and Coakley.

    March 21, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. Lawrence Patraw

    ONE Man had a vision to end Slavery! Now it is one mans obsession to reinstate it by mandating we buy a product such as health insurance then enforcing it by using the power of the IRS . Taking away American's freedom is not about health care and it is not right ! Financial slavery of American people is not the answer.
    I just hope this ends here and he doesn't have another obsession!!

    March 21, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. cspurgeon

    Thats great. Now take it thru. Have you ever seen such a mean spirited bunch of thugs as the Republican leadership. Their faces show the hate and the open mouths spew it. UGH!

    March 21, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. aliou jacksonville, FL

    If you are a dem and didn't get counted today among those who voted for our healthcare reform, just start parkking. 'cause this is your last term.

    March 21, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. MikeH

    Good job Democrats. What's that I see on your back, could it be, -A SPINE!!!

    By the way CNN where's your ticker article on the fact that the Republican Party got served a subpoena, and the FBI are investigating possible bribery by Senator Ensign?

    March 21, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. Larry

    The Republican Party of NO ...

    Does not care about this country or it's people

    An absolutely disgusting bunch of HYPOCRITES

    Every one of the Obstructionist bums deserves to be thrown out of office

    March 21, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. Deborah

    Please everyone let's get the JOB DONE! Get ready a CHANGE GONNA COME! Stop the spitting and the racial remarks! This bill is for all people! Especially the seniors and children and working poor . All the people who are well off , if you lost jobs then you would have to pay into Cobra after that runs out or if you can't pay it any more what would you do ? Your child is sick ? What would you do ? Lets get this done! YES A CHANGE GONNA COME!


    March 21, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. polly

    Democrats dream of living in an idealistic society instead of looking at reality in the eye. The reality of life is that society- worldwide- is never going to be perfect. Keep on dreaming. They can ignore morality, reality, and the financial crisis today, but not in the long run.

    March 21, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. Sheena

    I will VOTE the Right Way come November without my arm being twisted or any backdoor deals....I hope you will too.
    American depends on the votes in November.

    March 21, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. laurie Q

    Its wonderful that we will join other civilized countries in providing health care for all. But the new health care entitlements will actually increase the deficit , because the "cuts" depend on Congress being willing to cut Medicare reimbursement rates to doctors, which simply won't happen. (In fact they will increase). So if he wants to finish the job. Obama now needs to address the messy, difficult problem of figuring out how to reduce health care costs and the deficit. There are several people at the Harvard Kennedy School – Jeff Frankel, Jeffrey Liebman, Brigitte Madrian, Edward Glaeser, Linda Bilmes and others - as well as people in Brookins and some of the think tanks, who have made sensible suggestions that should be examined. This is about policy, not politics.

    March 21, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Tom

    Sure, they are going to discuss it and add $65 billion to it. That does not sound like reform to me!

    March 21, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  20. Pragmatic

    I watched these "debates" ... no one is going to change anyone else's mind. It's everyone's 1 minute for the folks back home.

    March 21, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Bob in Pa

    224 votes. Something this big that is passing by such a small margin should not be put into law. I'm a small investor and I pulled my money from the market before this bill is voted on. What happens when the larger investors do the same.

    March 21, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. JuneW

    THANK GOD! America has finally moved into the 21st Century like all other civilized nations. God Bless President Obama for sticking with this and getting it done. It's a long way from Universal healthcare but its a step in the right direction. It's interesting to note that the last time any government cared about reforming health care and trying to include all Americans was in the Clinton reign. Republicans have never considered it a priority till they thought you had a chance of getting it, then they pulled out all the stops to prevent it from happening,.

    March 21, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |