Okay so that's a paraphrase. In OneChele's world, the Democrats looked at the Repubs and started chanting, "In YO Face! See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya and guess what else… we don't need ya!" Then they blasted "Run This Town" over the speakers in the chamber and commenced a cabbage-patch Soul Train line down the aisle. C'mon now, deep down don't ya'll want to see Nancy poppin', lockin', droppin' it like it's hot? No? Just me? Moving on…
Representative Joseph Cao of Louisiana FOR. THE. WIN. The Republican representative was the only one of his party to cross the aisle and vote for the historic legislation. The comprehensive healthcare bill passed by a vote of 220 – 215. A squeaker yes, but as they say in the sports world: SCOREBOARD! A win by five is still a win, spike the ball and kiss the cheerleader. Alright, I'll calm down. The bill has miles to go before it sleeps. Here's come info about today's happenings (from AP):
WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed landmark health care legislation Saturday night to expand coverage to tens of millions who lack it and place tough new restrictions on the insurance industry. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous.
The 220-215 vote cleared the way for the Senate to begin debate on the issue that has come to overshadow all others in Congress.
A triumphant Speaker Nancy Pelosi likened the legislation to the passage of Social Security in 1935 and Medicare 30 years later.
"It provides coverage for 96 percent of Americans. It offers everyone, regardless of health or income, the peace of mind that comes from knowing they will have access to affordable health care when they need it," said Rep. John Dingell, the 83-year-old Michigan lawmaker who has introduced national health insurance in every Congress since succeeding his father in 1955.
In the run-up to a final vote, conservatives from the two political parties joined forces to impose tough new restrictions on abortion coverage in insurance policies to be sold to many individuals and small groups. They prevailed on a roll call of 240-194.
Ironically, that only solidified support for the legislation, clearing the way for conservative Democrats to vote for it.
The legislation would require most Americans to carry insurance and provide federal subsidies to those who otherwise could not afford it. Large companies would have to offer coverage to their employees. Both consumers and companies would be slapped with penalties if they defied the government's mandates.
Best tweet of the night came from AverageBro: How much history has Obama made in 10 months? Healthcare. SCOTUS. Nobel. What did we get with Bush? Lots of vacation days and a $300 check. Okay, second best tweet. The absolute best tweet came from our President who simply said: This is history.
I can only add to that by going old school: WORD. Great step forward for the Obama agenda, looking forward to his continued success. Any thoughts?