Do not rec this diary, but please rec the Liveblog Mothership!
The house debate can be viewed live at C-SPAN.
Liveblog # 1 and Mothership Diary
Liveblog # 2
Liveblog # 3
liveblog # 4
Liveblog # 5
Liveblog # 6
Liveblog # 7
liveblog # 8
Liveblog # 9
Liveblog # 10
Liveblog # 11
Liveblog # 12
Liveblog # 13
Liveblog # 14
Liveblog # 15
The debate began with legislative chaos as John Dingell chairing the debate from the Speaker's dais sought to beat down republican objections to every other word from the Congressional Women's Caucus standing in support of the bill.
We're now in the midst of four (4) hours of debate on the Bill including two amendments.
SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT IN PART C TO BE MADE IN ORDER - TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT Stupak (MI), Ellsworth (IN), Pitts (PA), Smith, Christopher (NJ), Kaptur (OH), Dahlkemper (PA).
The amendment codifies the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment will prohibit federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. (20 minutes)
SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE IN PART D TO BE MADE IN ORDER - TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT
Boehner (OH) Substitute Creates Universal Access Programs that expand and reform high-risk pools and reinsurance programs to guarantee that all Americans, regardless of pre-existing conditions or past illnesses, have access to affordable care — while lowering costs for all Americans. It prevents insurers from unjustly canceling a policy or instituting annual or lifetime spending caps. The amendment puts in place medical liability reforms and gives small businesses the power to pool together and offer health care at lower prices. In addition, the legislation provides incentive payments to states that reduce premiums and the number of uninsured. The bill allows Americans living in one state to shop for coverage and purchase insurance in another. The legislation explicitly prohibits all Federal funds, whether they are authorized funds or appropriated funds, from being used to pay for abortion. The amendment creates new incentives to save for future and long-term care needs by allowing qualified participants to use HSAs to pay premiums. (one hour).
Stupak Ammendment by Voice vote defeated on ruling by the Chair, but will come up for a recorded vote after consideration of the Boehner Ammendment...
Read the Rules of Debate
Read the entire bill