House passes health care bill

House passes health care bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House

narrowly passed landmark health care legislation tonight.

The vote was 220 to 215 to expand coverage to tens of millions who lack it and

place tough new restrictions on the insurance industry.

A triumphant Speaker Nancy Pelosi likened the legislation to the passage of

Social Security in 1935 and Medicare 30 years later.

Before the final vote, conservatives from both parties joined forces to impose

tough new restrictions on abortion coverage in insurance policies.

The legislation would require most Americans to carry insurance and provide

federal subsidies to those who otherwise could not afford it.