This is a big day. Some 30 million people who are uninsured today will have access to health care coverage in my life time. I can't believe it.
The House voted late Sunday (219-212) to send the legislation to President Obama. The 10-year, $938-billion bill would not only extend coverage to millions uninsured Americans, it would reduce deficits and ban insurance company practices such as charging more to women and denying coverage to people with existing medical problems.
President Obama is expected to sign the landmark health care bill Tuesday in a South Lawn ceremony at the White House.
I should be excited, but I'm really glad this whole thing is just about over. Did you see (or hear about) all of the name calling, spitting and other nastiness? I'm a Chicago girl and I know that fights can get dirty and people get bruised up, but my goodness — I'm ready to move on. But now it's time to clean up the spit, brush off your shoulders and find out what this health care bill is going to cost you, your parents, your city, state and your friends.
We've asked our personal finance contributors to look into these matters. One of them, Louis Barajas, is set to talk about what this country has gained (or loss) with this health care bill. And, what's next? After President Obama signs the bill what happens and what is expected from you? We'll tell you the 10 things you need to know right now about the health bill.
Thanks for listening to the show. Allison Keyes is our guest host for the entire week.
As always, send us your thoughts: Are you mad or glad about the health bill's passage?