Hi everyone -
So, obviously the historic health care reform package passed yesterday. But, here's a relatively common question: now what? The process still isn't over. This article from CNN nicely breaks down the ongoing process.
The bill that passed the House yesterday was an exact version of the same bill that passed the Senate on Christmas Eve. That legislation will be signed into law by the President tomorrow. However, there is still more to come. However, in a separate package, the House also approved amendments to the Senate bill. That legislation is now headed over to the Senate for debate and voting. Senate Republicans have indicated that they will do everything within their power to slow or stop the passes of this legislation.
Regardless of if the fixes to the Senate bill pass or fail, because of the passage of the Senate legislation in the House yesterday, health care reform is now the law of the land.
I think this is why they say that you should never see how laws are made...its a bit of a messy process!