Last week President Obama scored a victory as the Senate voted to approve sweeping health care legislation. The vote was passed, 60-39 on December 24, 2009. This brings Democrats a step closer to a goal they have pursued for decades. It clears the way for negotiations with the House, which passed a broadly similar bill last month by a vote of 220 to 215.
“The bill would require most Americans to have health insurance, would add 15 million people to the Medicaid rolls and would subsidize private coverage for low- and middle-income people, at a cost to the government of $871 billion over 10 years”, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
If the two chambers can strike a deal, as seems likely, the resulting product would vastly expand the role and responsibilities of the federal government. Take a few minutes to visit our homepage at www.kimberleyvassal.com