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Health Care Overhaul Bill To Go Before The Senate

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Another step has been taken in the fight over health-care reform and whether you agree with the historic bill or not, it cleared the House of Representatives last Sunday and is now on its way to the Senate, where lawmakers are expected to vote on a package of changes to the bill this week.

This package of changes on which Senators are preparing to vote, comes in the form of a “reconciliation” bill – amending the Senate bill that the House lawmakers just approved.

Some of the changes the Senate will be voting on include adjustments to at tax on high-value health plans and an extension of subsidies to buy insurance. When put together, both the Senate bill and House bill will cost $940 billion over 10 years; aiming to extend insurance coverage to 32 million more Americans.

Although Senate Democrats plan to approve the reconciliation bill by the end of the week when Congress goes out on recess, the Republicans are promising to load up the bill with amendments in an attempt to get it kicked back to the House and ultimately killed as a bill.

Republicans are also vowing to make the healthcare-overhaul bill an issue in congressional elections this fall; the Democrats are planning to fight back.

Late Sunday night President Barack Obama said the House’s vote on the Senate bill does not represent the end of the work that our country is facing; Obama will reportedly sign the main overhaul bill this Tuesday.

“The work of putting American families’ dreams back within reach goes on,” Obama said. “And we march on, with renewed confidence, energized by this victory on their behalf.”

When Obama signs the main overhaul bill that the Senate passed Sunday night, it will become law. The Republicans are attempting to weaken the overall legislation of the bill by pulling it apart via the reconciliation bill.

Since it takes just 51 votes for approval, Democrats are using the reconciliation process in the Senate to make changes to the main overhaul bill.

Obama’s party is using this tactic because it lost its 60-seat supermajority with the election of Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass; Democrats cannot block the stalling tactics of the Republicans with only 59 votes.

Source: Action on health-care overhaul shifts to Senate – ‘Reconciliation’ bill teed up; Obama, Republicans pivot to campaign mode By Robert Schroeder, Market Watch

For more on the reconciliation process, read What the heck is reconciliation?

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