The U.S. House of Representatives passed the massive health care reform bill, H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962),  after adopting an amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds for abortion services in the public option in a rare Saturday session. 

Introduced by Representative John Dingle and backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosiby, House Democrats with the support of only 1 Republican passed HR 3962 with a recorded vote of 220 – 215 late Saturday, November 7, 2009.

The health care reform debate now moves to the Senate. 

As of this morning (November 9, 2009), the U.S. Government Printing Office had not released an official copy of the text of H.R. 3962 revised to reflect the amendments adopted by the House on Saturday prior to its passage of H.R. 3962.  However, a record of the amendments approved by House members before passage of H.R. 3962 along with text of the bill prior as originally introduced on October 29, 2009 are available for review online here.

We also encourage you and others to join the discussion about these and other health care reform proposals and concerns by joining the Coalition for Responsible Health Care Reform Group on Linkedin, registering to receive these updates here.

If you have questions about or need assistance monitoring, evaluating, commenting on or responding to this or any other health care reform proposal or other federal or state health care, workforce or other legislative, regulatory or other developments or concerns, please contact the author of this article, Curran Tomko Tarski LLP Labor & Employment Practice Group Chair Cynthia Marcotte Stamer.  Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Chair of the American Bar Association RPTE Employee Benefits & Other Compensation Group, Ms. Stamer is experienced with assisting employers and others about compliance with federal and state health care, employee benefit, workforce and other legislation and regulation. Ms. Stamer has advised and represented clients about these and other health care labor and employment, compensation, employee benefit and other personnel and staffing matters for more than 20 years. Ms. Stamer also speaks and writes extensively on these and other related matters. Her public policy experience includes ongoing involvement in these concerns within the U.S. for 30 years, as well as serving as a policy advisor on Social Security Reform to the Government of Bolivia and providing input or other representation to various other clients on workforce, health care and other policies in various other regions of the world. 

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