Health Care Reform Ready for Floor Vote

House will take up health care after recess.

Published on: Aug 4, 2009

The health care reform bill is ready for a full House vote when that body returns from the August recess next month. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the sweeping package clearing a critical hurdle that sets a five-week battle for both Democrats and Republicans to define the legislation in voters' minds while members are home during the recess. The committee vote was close at 31 to 28.

 

The final pieces came together when rank-and-file liberals on the committee struck a deal with conservative Democrats that could lead to larger subsidies for lower-income workers to pay for health insurance.