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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