The Fight is On as Sunday’s Health Care Reform Vote Draws Near
It is expected that the House of Representatives will hold one of the most potentially explosive and important votes on Sunday. The Senate passed a version of this health care bill previously. Their version passed on Christmas Eve, 2009.
If it passes on Sunday, the next step will be a signature by President Obama and a sweeping change of the Health Care system as we know it.
The number of votes requiredÂ rests at 216. Democrats are very excited and confident that they will easilyÂ surpass this number. The debate will start at 1pm Eastern Standard.Â In actuality the votingÂ will be aÂ series of votes to determine a winner.Â It will be a three round boxing match between Republicans and Democrats with a few intermediates.
The first vote will help lawmakers understand the “rule” understanding the parameters to debate the bill. The second vote will help “change” or “correct” problems with the Senate’s version of the bill. Then those “fixes” must then be approved by the Senate.
The final vote will be to approve the Senate approved bill. This will be an exciting yet potentially explosive vote and you can expect some surprised to be in-store.
A huge question that will be asked is how can the Republican stop the bill. The answer seems to lie with the Senate’s “Byrd Rule” in which any senator can find a piece of the new bill and does not address budgeting issues. And several Republicans believe that they have found substantial areas of question.
An important point of interestÂ is that if one word of the reconciliation bill is changed in the Senate. That bill will subsequentlyÂ returned to the House and be approved again.Â Â This could change the three expected votes to a few more.Â
On Saturday President Obama made his final pitch for a sweeping change and his all importan health care reform. He told Democrats “Let’s get this done.” Obama words also try to show the importance of health care for a system that is currently believed to be failing.
It is currently believed that 33 Democrats are planning to vote against the bill and a total or 38 Democrats who vote against it would kill the bill. Therefore a fierce battle continued Saturday night into early Sunday morning.
Sunday will be a monumental day and many Democrats are hoping that things fall on their side of the argument. While Republicans are arguing that if the bill is passed it is just short of a governmental takeover that won’t stop the exorbitant medical costs.
The fight has begun — this should be interesting.
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