House Energy and Commerce passed its version of health care

The House Energy and Commerce Committee finally passed a health care bill tonight:

The final vote was 31-28, with five Democrats opposing the measure. Democrats who voted no were Reps. Rick Boucher (Va.), Bart Stupak (Mich.), Jim Matheson (Utah), John Barrow (Ga.) and Charles Melancon (La.). All Republicans rejected the bill.

Negotiations took place throughout the day, partly to make sure the progressives were able to offer some fixes to the Blue Dog’s changes. Rep. Tammy Baldwin offered one of the key amendments (a “unity package,” which passed by 32 – 26).

I do think this tidbit from The Hill is important:

In a session with reporters, Pelosi wouldn’t commit to putting the exact language of the deal with Blue Dogs in the final bill.

“I have three chairmen to deal with,” she said. “We have three committees that have to look at it.”

The House is in recess til after Labor Day. Because of the Blue Dogs, this bill didn’t get a vote in the full House before the break. That gives the GOP and the insurance industry five weeks to try to drive a stake in reform. It gives our side five weeks, too.

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