Democrats say they have the 216 votes needed to pass health care reform legislation in the House on Sunday, March 22, 2020, according to breaking news from CNN. The plan does little to decrease spiraling medical costs, but does make health insurance more accessible to people.
Rep. John Larson, D- Connecticut, the Chairman of the Democratic Caucus appeared on CNN’s State of the Union,’ This is a historic day and we are happy warriors. We’ve got the votes.’
While Larson was positive the legislation would pass, other House Democratic leaders said that some Democrats were still deciding whether to vote for the legislation. Republicans have vowed to fight to the finish.
Health Care Reform was a key component of President Obama’s campaign, so this bill is being associated with the success or failure of his administration. The proposed heath care reform would extend insurance coverage to an additional 32 million Americans. The measure would constitute the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees since Medicare and Medicaid were enacted four decades ago.
Republicans contend that the plan is equivalent to a government takeover of the private insurance system. The plan does little to address spiraling medical costs.
The federal health care plan would expand Medicare prescription drug coverage, increase federal subsides to help people buy insurance and ban denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions.