Power Breakfast: Health reform final, Perdue plans suit, Cobb schools, small business, mortgage relief

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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4 comments Add your comment

IC Atlanta

March 26th, 2010
8:11 am

It is ironic to me that a group of people who fought so hard for civil rights and to be free from the government telling them where they must eat, drink, etc have now signed on in mass to turn over their rights of freedom of choice when it comes to their health care decisions in only a span of 46 years.

What the government gives you the government can also take away. Also there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Ron

March 26th, 2010
8:59 am

It is equally ironic the number of people who believe that talk about freedom, liberty and independence is hate speech. It clearly shows that schools (public and private), colleges, universities, the media and entertainment business have had a significant impact on our thinking about freedom and liberty. Many of us have bought into the message that group think supersedes personal ideas, beliefs and choice. We’ve been convinced that independence is an evil thing and everything that we think, do or say must be in concert with the group. There is no room for independent thought or expression. America is being transformed from the “America, the land of the Free” to “America, the land of the Herd”.

TnGelding

March 26th, 2010
9:46 am

IC Atlanta

March 26th, 2010
8:11 am

That’s why it’s being paid for in the legislation, but does anyone really know what is in the measure? Let’s wait and see when it is implemented by the bureaucrats. I’m sure there will be some surprises. Let’s hope they are pleasant ones.

Ironwood

March 27th, 2010
1:46 pm

I love Obamacare!! Now my healthcare is free!! Gasoline has gone up about $1/gal in the last year. I now need help with my gasoline so I can go to work. Thank you Obama. Please help me.