The House Saturday evening rejected a Republican alternative health care reform bill on a largely party line vote, 176-258. One Republican, Rep. Timothy Johnson (R-Ill.), joined 257 Democrats in opposing the GOP legislation. House Republicans released their 219-page bill on Wednesday after weeks of criticism from Democrats for assailing the majoritys health care reform bill without releasing a plan of their own. The Republican bill would have expanded access to individual health care plans across state lines, provided awards to states for covering the uninsured and expanded the use of health savings accounts. The Congressional Budget Office estimated those provisions would add $8 billion to the deficit.The GOP bill would have spent about $61 billion on insurance provisions compared with $1.055 trillion under the House Democratic plan, according to the CBO.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.