WASHINGTON — The House delivered Sunday night on President Obama’s top priority, a historic restructuring of the nation’s health care system that has eluded his predecessors for more than a century.
The 219-212 House vote, coming after a tumultuous day of protests and rancorous debate, paves the way for Obama to sign the major portion of his 10-year, $940 billion plan early this week. The House was to vote later Sunday on a package of changes and send it to the Senate for final passage.
The vote assured that about 32 million Americans will gain health insurance coverage and millions more will win protections against losing theirs. The legislation will raise taxes, largely on the wealthy, and reduce future Medicare spending by about $500 billion.
“This legislation will lead to healthier lives,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said in the final floor speech before the vote. “This is an American proposal that honors the traditions of our country.”
The Democrats on the floor chanted, “Yes, we can!” when they got the votes to pass the bill.
Source: USA Today