Obama: Historic Victory On Health Care Bill
Yes We Can. President Obama won a historic victory in the struggle for health care reform Sunday as the House of Representatives passed a sweeping health care bill overhauling the American medical system.
The bill passed in a 219-212 vote after more than a year of bitter partisan debate. All 178 Republicans opposed it, along with 34 Democrats. Again social media marketing was an important part of Obama’s strategy, as we have shown you before in this Obama social media marketing case study.
The sad thing about this health care bill and the good thing about Obama’s persistence: finally in 2010, the US is no longer a third world country; until this week 1 out of 7 people in the US had no health insurance.
In November 2009 I was guest speaker on TV show France 24 Live. The TV debate was about 1 year Obama. I tried to explain to the other debaters that Obama’s approach was not a success due to his Facebook or Twitter page, but that he owned the mentality and DNA to listen to his people.
The measure, which cleared the Senate in December, will now go to Obama’s desk to be signed into law. It constitutes the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid more than four decades ago.
A separate compromise package of changes expanding the reach of the measure also passed the House over unanimous GOP opposition, and is now set to be taken up by the Senate.
The overall $940 billion plan is projected to extend insurance coverage to roughly 32 million additional Americans. It represents a significant step towards the goal of universal coverage sought by every Democratic president since Harry Truman.
Most Americans will now be required to have health insurance or pay a fine. Larger employers will be required to provide coverage or risk financial penalties. Total individual out-of-pocket expenses will be capped, and insurers will be barred from denying coverage based on gender or pre-existing conditions.