Tonight, the House passed the Senate's healthcare reform bill, and then passed the budget reconciliation bill. The Senate's bill, now having been passed by both chambers of Congress, moves to the President for signature into law while the reconciliation package moves back to the Senate for passage.
This is a big day--the first time in over 60 years that presidential and national efforts to expand healthcare coverage has passed out of the Congress. I truly and deeply believe that this legislation will make a substantial difference in peoples' lives. The expanded access to care and the reforms on insurance companies are critical steps.
Did I want more? Yes. Am I happy with the bill? Happy enough.
Every journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. This is the first significant milestone on that journey.