Most local Democrats disagree with the opposition about the effects of health care reform. In fact, they say the bill will close gaps that citizens pay for every day.
"It's exciting. I think people realize the moment in history and the opportunity," said Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.).
According to its own figures, the District pays $50 million a year for a program supplementing health care for people who don’t qualify for Medicaid, but can’t afford health care insurance. That cost will go away under this bill. Instead, the District's 134,000 uninsured families will receive tax credits to help them pay for insurance.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) says the time for this bill has come. "We’ve been able to walk and chew gum at the same time," she said. "The president signed a big jobs bill this week. At the same time, we’re getting health care reform."