Yes WE Did and WE Don't Quit!
Link from AP. I'm usually a blogger of many words (perhaps too many) but all I can say at this moment as we watch history in the making is...
Fired up and ready to go! Yes WE Can! Yes WE Did and WE Don't Quit!
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Summoned to success byPresident Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled Congress approvedhistoric legislation Sunday night extending health care to tens ofmillions of uninsured Americans and cracking down on insurance companyabuses, a climactic chapter in the century-long quest for nearuniversal coverage.
Widely viewed as dead twomonths ago, the Senate-passed bill cleared the House on a 219-212 vote.Republicans were unanimous in opposition, joined by 34 dissidentDemocrats.
Obama watched the vote in theWhite House's Roosevelt Room with Vice President Joe Biden and about 40staff aides. When the long sought 216th vote came in - the magic numberneeded for passage - the room burst into applause and hugs. An exultantpresident exchanged a high-five with his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.
Asecond, smaller measure - making changes in the first - was lined upfor passage later in the evening. It would then go to the Senate, whereDemocratic leaders said they had the votes to pass it.
Thenonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the legislation awaitingthe president's approval would extend coverage to 32 million Americanswho lack it, ban insurers from denying coverage on the basis ofpre-existing medical conditions and cut deficits by an estimated $138billion over a decade. If realized, the expansion of coverage wouldinclude 95 percent of all eligible individuals under age 65.