Health Care Reform: We Got It
As you read or heard via major news outlets long before now, we now have health care reform, and we may very soon have even better health care...
As you read or heard via major news outlets long before now, we now have health care reform, and we may very soon have even better health care reform pending a vote in the Senate tomorrow that will remove some of the silly things they put in the bill the first time, like large gifts of money to people in Nebraska for absolutely no reason.The question now becomes: What did we actually change? The New York Times has a good primer, noting that most big changes won't be taking place until 2014, but that we'll be getting little bits of help until then. You can read the full text of the bill here. Another interesting tidbit from last night is the list of Democrats who voted against the bill. Some highlights: Artur Davis, a GOOD 100 honoree, didn't support the bill, probably because he is running for governor of Georgia and they aren't too keen on reform down there. In general, the southern Democrats are unsurprising no votes. What is surprising is the number of Northeastern Democrats who chose to not back the bill. Some (like Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts) found it to not be going far enough. Others, who knows. Here's the full list:John Adler (D-NJ)Jason Altmire (D-PA)Michael Arcuri (D-NY)John Barrow (D-GA)Marion Berry (D-AR)Dan Boren (D-OK)Rick Boucher (D-VA)Bobby Bright (D-AL)Ben Chandler (D-KY)Travis Childers (D-MS)Artur Davis (D-AL)Lincoln Davis (D-TN)Chet Edwards (D-TX)S. Herseth Sandlin (D-SD)Tim Holden (D-PA)Larry Kissell (D-NC)Frank Kratovil (D-MD)Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)Stephen Lynch (D-MA)Jim Marshall (D-GA)Jim Matheson (D-UT)Mike McIntyre (D-NC)Michael McMahon (D-NY)Charlie Melancon (D-LA)Walt Minnick (D-ID)Glenn Nye (D-VA)Collin Peterson (D-MN)Mike Ross (D-AR)Heath Shuler (D-NC)Ike Skelton (D-MO)Zachary Space (D-OH)John Tanner (D-TN)Gene Taylor (D-MS)Harry Teague (D-NM)