H.R. 3962, the House Health Care bill passed at 11:08 p.m. EST, on Saturday evening, with 218 votes for the bill, and galleries full for this “historic” vote.
Democrats voting against the bill were
36 39. Republicans voting for the bill was zero 1.
Applause broke out immediately. The final vote stands at 220 for and 215 against.
The lone Republican vote was from Rep. Joseph Cao, Louisiana.
The Stupak Amendment passed shortly before the vote on HR 3962. This amendment supposedly prevents insurance companies from covering abortions, and strengthens language denying federal funds for abortions. The passage of the amendment was problematic on both sides. Once it passed, pro-life Democrats no longer had a convenient excuse for voting against the bill. It left them to choose Nancy Pelosi or constitutients back home. Republicans wanted to vote for the amendment, of course, but in doing so, it enabled PelosiCare to pass. One Republican, Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) voted ‘present.’
On to the Senate.