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Health_care_obama_113595a Bringing one of the most complex, controversial and elusive public policy goals to the brink of reality, the House of Representatives approved sweeping health care legislation late Sunday after a last-minute push by President Barack Obama to allay concerns over abortion funding.

The $940 billion overhaul, which would affect nearly every American and extend coverage to 32 million people who lack it, passed by only three more votes than the 216 needed.

Not one Republican voted in favor and 34 Democrats joined in dissent. But supporters — including every Florida Democrat — declared it a historic victory, one that has been out of reach for a string of presidents beginning with Theodore Roosevelt.

An exultant Obama, who made the issue his top priority, spoke from the White House East Room shortly before midnight.

"Tonight, at a time when the pundits said it was no longer possible, we rose above the weight of our politics," he said.

Here's a look at what readers are saying:

"This is a great night in American history and it's really sad that so many either don't recognize that fact or refuse to do so. Yes we can and yes we did!!" ~ MrsMaurice

"This so called 'reform' is a gift to Big Insurance/Big Pharma. Their Executives are jumping for joy right now. You MUST buy their product now or else feel the Government Boot come down on your throat. I'm buying more Health Insurance stock right now." ~ RetireefromTierraVerde

"Looks like Ted Kennedy made it to heaven, thank you God." ~ cynic

"One thing is certain on this piece of legislation: You cannot believe EITHER side. Both sides lie to further their agenda." ~ TheUltimateAuthority

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[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 4:03pm]


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