In the end, the Democrats not only got 216 votes, but 219 (and 220). This way, no single Democrat can be accused by his or her opponent in the upcoming midterm elections of having been the single vote who tipped the tally in the favor of the Democrats.
Official White House photographer Pete Souza took this picture of President Obama in the Roosevelt Room during the passage of the bill (with a picture of FDR – who passed Social Security – on the wall to the left):
In his remarks following the passage of the bill, President Obama stated that:
Tonight’s vote is not a victory for any one party. It’s a victory for them. It’s a victory for the American people, and it’s a victory for common sense. … We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things. … We proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people.
Politico writes that the passage of the bill provides President Obama with an immense and immediate boost, while calling it a split decision for House Democrats. Townhall, on the other hand, writes that:
Strict partisanship has carried the day, and our health care system will never be the same.
Finally, take the time to watch House Minority Leader John Boehner’s remarks on the House floor:
We have failed to listen to America. And We have failed to reflect the will of our constituents.
Even if you disagree with the content of the health care reform awaiting the signature of President Obama, the fact remains: History was made today.
(Official White House photo by Pete Souza)