Politics Open Thread: Health Care Reform and the March for America

Last night, Congress passed a bill for health care reform.

On Sunday night, the House acted first on the legislation that cleared the Senate on Christmas Eve. That measure devotes $875 billion over the next decade to expanding insurance coverage, with the major changes coming in 2014. An estimated 24 million people who lack access to affordable coverage through the workplace will be eligible for tax credits to buy insurance on new state-based exchanges, while nearly everyone who earns less than 133 percent of the federal poverty level — an estimated 16 million people — will become eligible for Medicaid.

For the first time, individuals will pay a price for refusing to buy insurance, facing fines of at least $750 a year starting in 2014. And employers with more than 50 workers that do not provide coverage may also face significant fines.

And yesterday, the March for America took place on Washington with an estimated 200,000 in attendance to encourage the government to prioritize immigration reform.