While it’s certainly not time to celebrate yet, health care reform legislation did take a big step forward yesterday, passing the House by a vote of 220-215. However, despite passing the House, Senate Republicans were quick to announce the bipartisan health care reform legislation as being dead on arrival, while Democrats had a different opinion of the legislation’s chances:
“The House bill is dead on arrival in the Senate,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday. “It was a bill written by liberals for liberals.” A Democratic colleague, Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, predicted an overhaul would pass the Senate because “it’s essential” to the country’s economic success and people’s quality of life. “It will take time,” he added.
Clearly the battle for meaningful health care reform isn’t over, but yesterday’s vote in the House was a big step in the right direction.