Health reform passes the House.

Two hundred eighteen Representatives, all of them Democrats, have now voted “Yea” on final passage of the House version of health care reform. And that’s all she wrote.

In the sixty years since Harry Truman started the process of passing a true national health coverage plan, neither house had ever passed a bill. 

Update  11:14 pm.  Pelosi brings down the gavel and says “The bill is passed.”  Final vote 220-215, with 1 Republican (Anh Cao of Louisiana) doing the right thing and 39 Dems the wrong one.

The Stupak anti-abortion amendment passed handily; now we see whether that comes out in Conference.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

15 thoughts on “218”

  1. And to get it done, she had to violate her pledge to let people see what was in the bill before it was voted on. YOU may think this sort of thing is a triumph of democracy, I think it's the death throws.

  2. Two hundred and fifteen representatives think that the consequences of the bill will be worse than 45,000 people dying each year from lack of adequate health insurance. Amazing. (Or did they have a motive other than preventing something worse than 45,000 deaths per year for voting against the bill?)

  3. That's half the battle. Now it goes to the Senate, where the negotiations, filibustering, and all manner of shenanigans and modifications will occur.

  4. Anonymous, I didn't forget about Cao. The original post went up when the 218th "Yes" vote was recorded. All were Democrats. Cao came in at the end. I don't know whether his vote would have been available if required to put the bill over the top.

  5. A death throe, w/ an 'e,' is typically a transitory thing, & I think what Brett Bellmore is alarmed about went on for a very long time. (I grant he may have been upset all those many years.) Anyway, long or short, I think it's a bit flamboyant to call House passage, w/ or w/o floor amendments, the death throes of democracy.

  6. Sorry about that, Mark. But I think that Cao would have voted yes because of the demographics of his district even if his vote was the one to pass the bill.

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