House Democrats passed the Senate version of the health care reform bill after hours of debate and politicking. It took about 9 1/2 hours to get to the crucial vote that passed health care reform at 10:46 p.m. ET by a vote of 219 to 212. All the Republicans and 34 Democrats voted against the bill.
The bill now goes to President Barack Obama for signature, possibly as early as Monday. When signed, about 32 million Americans who now don't have health care insurance will have improved chances of getting covered.
Next the house passed changes to fix the problems with the Senate bill. This reconciliation bill will then go to the Senate.
So now that it's passed in the House, what will it mean for you? WalletPop's writer, Lita Epstein breaks down this national issue to a basic individual perspective. With so much confusion out there, we decided to zero in on how this bill will directly affect you. Epstein discusses everything from high risk pools to pre-existing conditions and a concluding analysis of the creation of health insurance exchanges.
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