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Congress passes historic health care bill


WASHINGTON (ABC)-- Monday morning, the bill that will forever transform America's health care system waits for President Obama's signature.  After a weekend of high drama, the sweeping reforms passed the House by a slim margin and without a single Republican vote.

Democrats are likening this moment to the passage of civil rights, Social Security and Medicare.

President Barack Obama says, "When faced with crisis, we did not shrink from our challenge -- we overcame  it."

216 was the magic number to pass healthcare reform and the bill got more than it needed as far as votes and drama.

 Representative Marsha Blackburn, (R) Tennessee, says "Freedom dies a little bit today."

Thirty-four Democrats voted no.  A group of anti-abortion Democrats threatened to, but had a change of heart at the eleventh hour after President Obama promised to sign an order that promised no federal money would go for abortion.  Not a single Republican voted yes.

Representative John Boehner, (R) Minority Leader, says "Can you say it was done openly, with transparency and accountability, without backroom deals, struck behind closed doors, hidden from the people? Hell no you can't."

Despite angry protesters and racial slurs outside the capitol, when all was said and done, Democrats declared victory.

What the politics means for you personally is that seniors will be eligible for rebates to help reduce prescriptions.  In six months, no insurance company can drop you if you get sick.  No insurance company can limit the amount of coverage you get.  Your children can stay on your insurance until they're 26.  And no insurance company can refuse to insure your child because of a pre-existing condition.  In four years, adults won't have to worry about pre-existing conditions either.  And all uninsured Americans will have to have coverage or face a fine.

The bill now goes to the President to be signed in to law. A secondary piece  of legislation with some financial changes still has to go through the Senate.

Online Reporter: Jill Courtney

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