Omaha Public Radio News
7:38 am
Mon November 9, 2009

Health care reform passes U.S. House; Terry votes no

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry was one of 215 lawmakers who voted against a health care reform bill Saturday in the U.S. House.

The House advanced a health care reform measure on a 220-215 vote. The $1.2 trillion bill would extend coverage to nearly all Americans. It would also bar insurance companies from refusing to cover people based on pre-existing conditions.

Congressman Terry says the measure, if it becomes law, would create too much government intrusion in people's lives. He says it'll also take money from Medicare and Medicaid, leading to higher taxes at the state and local levels.

The health care reform effort now moves to the Senate.