Late Saturday House of Representatives voted 220-215. Only one Republican voted for the newest bill H.R. 3962 The Affordable Health Care for America Act. The 2nd in a series of bills in the House and Senate to bring health care to all Americans. 39 Democrats join the Republicans opposing the bill. The bill penalties in stiff fines which must be paid or face imprisonment example:
Section 7203 – misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.
• Section 7201 – felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years.” [page 3]
A jubilant Speaker Nancy Pelosi was greatful for the victor used the gavel to signal the win “The bill is passed”
The bill sponsor US Representative John Dingel(D-MI)
“It provides coverage for 96percent of American. It offer everyone, regardless of health or income, the peace of mind that comes from knowing that will access to affordable health care when they need it,” said Rep. John Dingell, the 83 year old Michigan lawmaker who introduced national health insurance in every Congress since succeeding his father in 1995.
Republican who opposed the bill due to its cost over $2 trillion over the next ten years; covers illegal immigrants, abortions.
“We are going to have a complete government takeover of our health care system faster than you can say, “This is making me sick,” jabbed Rep. Candice Miller(R-MI) adding that Democrats were intent on passing ” a jobs-killing, tax-hiking deficit-exploding” bill.
Republican placed an alternative bill that wouldn’t raise taxes, create high risk pool and did not place penalties if a person does not buys their own or employer does not provided. It went down in defeat of 258-176.
It went down on a party line vote.