H.R. 4872 passed in the U.S. House Thursday night, March 25, 2010 by a vote of 220 to 207 on the motion to concur with the Senate amendments after its return from the Senate earlier in the day. In the Senate, the vote was 56 to 42. The vote split approximately down political party lines, with Republicans in both chambers unanimously opposed.
H.R. 4872 now goes to the President for signature for implementation into law. The companion bill, which H.R. 4872 amends, H.R. 3950, was signed into law on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.
National Public Radio reports that the first task resulting from the new laws would be establishment of a federally funded "high-risk pool" program to cover those turned down for preexisting conditions by private insurance. Currently the law would call for 90 days to do so. NPR also describes some of the related details.
Among some of the questions still circulating is the cost of the laws.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently issued reports of their assessment and analysis of national costs/benefits of health care (and education) reform specific to this legislation (H.R. 4872 & H.R. 3950).
More media stories
It’s Done: House Passes Reconciliation Bill
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
March 25, 2010, 10:39 pm
NYTimes Prescriptions blog
Roll Call: House vote on second health care bill
Washington Post/Associated Press
The Associated Press
Thursday, March 25, 2010; 9:41 PM
The Health Law's First Test: Extending Coverage
by Mary Agnes Carey
National Public Radio
March 26, 2010
Past blog posts
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Federal legislation: Procedural technicalities will send H.R. 4872 reconciliation bill back to the U.S. House for final approval
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Federal legislation: U.S. House passes Senate health care reform bill to be signed into law; reconciliation act goes to the Senate
© 2010 Regina G. Claypool-Frey
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