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by Sharon Rondeau

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

(Mar. 22, 2010) —Yesterday Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi declared, “We will be joining those who established Social Security, Medicare and now, tonight, health care for all Americans.”

However, the debate is not over after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation last night, 219-212, which requires every American to buy insurance or pay a penalty.  The Senate can send it back to the House for another vote as it has done in the past with reconciliation bills.

Because the House passed the Senate version of the bill, additional provisions called “fixes” were added.  According to a report by MSNBC, “Passing of those subsequent fixes was a critical component to passage of the Senate bill for House Democrats.”

In his remarks after the House vote, Obama said, “On Tuesday, the Senate will take up revisions to this legislation that the House has embraced, and these are revisions that have strengthened this law and removed provisions that had no place in it. Some have predicted another siege of parliamentary maneuvering in order to delay adoption of these improvements.”  However, within the last 90 minutes, MSNBC has now reported that Obama will sign the bill without the fixes being addressed.

A number of legal challenges to the bill are already planned.  Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli released a statement early this morning which began, “The Office of the Attorney General of Virginia will move forward with our lawsuit against the federal government and its unconstitutional overreach of its authority with the passage of the federal health care bill.  We will file our complaint with the court as soon as the president signs it into law.”

Florida’s Attorney General Bill McCollum issued a statement this morning which reads: “The health care reform legislation passed by the U. S. House of Representatives last night clearly violates the U.S. Constitution and infringes on each state’s sovereignty.”  According to the same report, South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Pennsylvania, Washington, North Dakota, and South Dakota will join his lawsuit.

A Fox News report of March 18, 2010, found that 55% of Americans oppose the health care bill.

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  1. This bill is destined to go down in flames. There are so many avenues yet to follow. Legal challenges will be non stop, The Tenth Amendment is being used by 39 states with Texas being the newest. Most important, once a bill has any changes to it in the Senate during reconciliation, it must be voted on again in the house. The congressional democrats will now go home for spring break and face the wrath of the people. We have only just begun. Nancy Pelosi declared war on “We The People”. ” We The People Will Declare War on her. J.C.