5:27 am March 26, 2010, by Henry Unger
It’s over. At least for now.
Congressional Democrats sent the final piece of landmark health care legislation to President Barack Obama before heading home to face a skeptical — and sometimes even threatening — electorate, Associated Press reported.
The last legislative chapter in the wrenching national debate over Obama’s health overhaul plan came Thursday night in the House, as Democrats approved — for the second time — a package of fixes to the sweeping health bill Obama signed two days earlier, AP writes. The measure includes better benefits for seniors and low-income and middle-class families.
In the hours ahead of the vote lawmakers reported isolated threats of violence from a volatile public.
The vote was 220-207, as majority Democrats prevailed despite 32 defections and no Republican support, AP reports. The same bill had passed the Senate earlier in the day 56-43, with all voting Republicans and three Democrats voting “no.”
Obama was expected to sign the measure early next week.
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