President Obama's statement on House passage of the health care reform bill

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President Obama put out the following statement on tonight's passage of the health care reform bill by the House of Representatives.  The bill passed 220-215 with only one Republican House member supporting the bill.  According to the White House, the President called supporters of the bill, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the leaders from AARP, the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association, to thank them for their support.

Statement of President Barack Obama on House Passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act

Tonight, in an historic vote, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would finally make real the promise of quality, affordable health care for the American people.

The Affordable Health Care for America Act is a piece of legislation that will provide stability and security for Americans who have insurance; quality affordable options for those who don’t; and bring down the cost of health care for families, businesses, and the government while strengthening the financial health of Medicare. And it is legislation that is fully paid for and will reduce our long-term federal deficit.

Thanks to the hard work of the House, we are just two steps away from achieving health insurance reform in America. Now the United States Senate must follow suit and pass its version of the legislation. I am absolutely confident it will, and I look forward to signing comprehensive health insurance reform into law by the end of the year.