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Was it worth it for Obama?

March 22nd, 2010
12:02 PM ET

A sweeping bill overhauling the U.S. medical system goes to President Obama's desk on Monday to be signed into law.

Was the battle for healthcare reform worth it?

Was the battle for healthcare reform worth it?

The House of Representatives passed the measure late Sunday, delivering a historic victory to Obama, who had made it his No. 1 domestic priority.

The bill passed in a 219-212 vote after more than a year of bitter partisan debate. All 178 Republicans opposed it, along with 34 Democrats.

The measure, which cleared the Senate in December, constitutes the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees since Medicare and Medicaid were enacted more than four decades ago.

A separate compromise package of changes expanding the reach of the measure also passed the House over unanimous GOP opposition, and is now set to be taken up by the Senate.

The overall $940 billion plan is projected to extend insurance coverage to roughly 32 million additional Americans. It represents a significant step toward the goal of universal coverage sought by every Democratic president since Harry Truman.

Passage of health care reform was one of Obama's biggest domestic priorities, but it turned out to be one of his biggest challenges.

There was intense opposition to the bill from both Republicans and members of his own party and Obama staked much of his political capital on the reform.

Now that Obama has managed to finally pass his health care reform bill, we want to know if you think it was worth it.

Has the battle for reform left Obama in a weaker position or has passage of the bill shown he has the political strength to get things done?

Was it all worth it for Obama?


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