The year-long fight over health care reform took a historic step tonight. The divided House of Representatives approved what has been President Barack Obama’s chief domestic issue with a 219-212 vote. Here’s the roll call.
As political observers predicted only one member of Kentucky’s delegation supported the bill — U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-3, who issued the following statement:
From Congressman John Yarmuth’s office:
“During my three years in Congress, there has been no single issue that I have heard more about from Louisvillians than health care. To this day, the enormous majority have told me they want change that will guarantee access to health care, rein in skyrocketing costs, and give them more choice and control in the marketplace. I came to Congress largely to accomplish these goals on their behalf … This is a vote I did not cast for my party or for politics, but because it is the right thing for our country and the right thing for Louisville. This is a promise I made to my constituents. It is the most important vote I have cast as a member of Congress, and it is the one about which I am most proud.”
However, it is expected that Republicans nationwide will run against the passage of the bill in the upcoming mid-term elections later this year. And among Yarmuth’s many potential GOP challengers, at least one has come out swinging against the historic vote. Unveiling his own plan for the country’s health care system earlier this month, third district Republican Congressional candidate Larry Hausman has issued his own statement on tonight’s health care vote.
From the Hausman campaign:
“I am very disappointed in the decision by Congress to pass this wasteful and ineffective health care package that brings the IRS closer to the people than their doctors. I will not only fight against this government expansion that is against the will of the people but will also continue to offer free market solutions to bring down the cost of medical care.”