The U.S. House of Representatives passed a historic health-care bill late Sunday that will make coverage possible for more than 30 million uninsured Americans and end discrimination by insurance companies against people with existing medical conditions.
Legislators voted 219 to 212 in favour of the landmark legislation that has been debated on Capitol Hill for a year. The bill, previously passed by the Senate, didn’t receive a single vote from Republicans. It will now go to President Barack Obama for his signing into law, possibly as early as Tuesday.
"It is with great humility and with great pride that we tonight will make history for our country and progress for the American people," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during her closing argument for health-care reform. "Just think, we will be joining those who established social security, Medicare and now, tonight, health care for all Americans."