Power Breakfast: Health reform passes, census, embezzlement, college aid, Fed, China

The big story of the day is health reform.

A landmark health care bill is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature as Congress takes the final steps in Democrats’ improbable and history-making push for near-universal medical coverage, Associated Press writes.

On the cusp of succeeding where numerous past congresses and administrations have failed, jubilant House Democrats voted 219-212 late Sunday to send legislation to Obama that would extend coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans, reduce deficits and ban insurance company practices such as denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions, AP reports.

“This is what change looks like,” Obama said later in televised remarks that stirred memories of his 2008 campaign promise of “change we can believe in.”

A companion package making a series of changes sought by House Democrats to the larger bill, which already passed the Senate, was approved 220-211. The fix-it bill will now go to the Senate, where debate is expected to begin as early as Tuesday. Senate Democrats hope to approve it unchanged and send it directly to Obama, though Republicans intend to attempt parliamentary objections that could change the bill and require it to go back to the House, AP reports.

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8 comments Add your comment

Jim

March 22nd, 2010
7:54 am

A great day in America! Hope everyone else has a great day as well.

TnGelding

March 22nd, 2010
8:56 am

Well, it can’t be as bad as the GOP has portrayed it, can it?. But it would take weeks to study it to determine what it contains. The regulators will have the last word until Congress acts again.

Ron

March 22nd, 2010
9:31 am

From the beginning America has been about freedom of choice – freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press and the rest of our freedoms as outlined in the Constitution. Remember – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Moreover, America from the beginning has been a representative government. Yesterday’s vote and passage of this healthcare bill sends us (the people) two messages. First, we’re not free. The government will dictate our healthcare (this is big the question to ask is what will be next). Second, congress does not represent us. Congress represents the prevailing political philosophy regardless if the majority of the people are against that philosophy.

This is not a great day. This is a sad day because this marks the day that we begin to lose our freedoms.

TnGelding

March 22nd, 2010
11:02 am

Ron

March 22nd, 2010
9:31 am

Begin to lose our freedoms? That began long ago with Prohibition, the war on drugs, etc. Comprehensive health care is in our national interest. We’re only as healthy as our sickest citizens.

Ron

March 22nd, 2010
12:18 pm

TnGelding, you’re right. The government has been chipping away our rights for years. Of course Prohibition was a big screw-up (ushered in organized crime). In your retirement I recommend that you read more about the founding of this country. Why we had a revolution and split from the GB. Read the founding fathers philosophy about rights and freedom. Study why our government was established the way it was. Take a trip to colonial Williamsburg and get a better understanding of why the founding fathers were so intent on ensuring individual rights and freedoms.

We’re only healthy as long as we have our rights and freedoms to choose. We’re only healthy as long as we have life, liberty and can pursue the happiness without government interference. When we loose the our rights and freedoms then we’re sick and will soon perish.

Ron

March 22nd, 2010
1:48 pm

Jablome, I not a member of the Republican, Democrat, Tea Party or any other niche political philosophy. I’m an American citizen. I believe in our rights and freedoms, period. With no urban, socio, political, philosophical slant. I’ve already taken up arms to protect myself, my family, and other Americans from political philosophies that would seek to take away our rights and freedoms. I placed myself in harms way to protect those rights and freedoms. I would do so again in necessary. I would do it in a heart beat. The question is.. would you?

TnGelding

March 22nd, 2010
3:09 pm

Ron

March 22nd, 2010
12:18 pm

You’re right. I would have probably been one of the ones supporting the crown. In hindsight, what the colonists experienced wasn’t that bad compared to today. I’m sure they’re turning in their graves…rapidly

Ron

March 22nd, 2010
7:25 pm

Jablome, I normally don’t do this but your response begs the question – does talk about individual rights and freedom make you angry?