27 March 2010

They Voted for You: Health Care Fix-Its

U.S. Sens. Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller, both D-W.Va., helped pass a slightly altered Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 back to the U.S. House.

The 56-43 vote had all Republicans present and three Democrats opposing the measure. Reporting on this stage of the bill's fortunes, The Associated Press said it "would change the new health care law by making drug benefits for Medicare recipients more generous by gradually closing a gap in coverage, increasing tax subsidies to help low-income people afford health care, and boosting federal Medicaid payments to states."

The House later gave final approval to the measure, 220-207. Reps. Alan Mollohan, D-1st, and Nick Rahall, D-3rd, voted for the final bill. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-2nd, joined all of her fellow Republicans present and 32 Democrats to vote against it.

AP reports separately on that final step.

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