The health care bill is on its way to becoming law after Sunday's 219 to 212 House vote. The legislation makes health care mandatory for all Americans and expands subsidized coverage to about 30 million Americans, while introducing a number of new taxes to pay for the programs.
Democrats hail the passage as a major victory, on par with landmark social legislation such as Medicare and Social Security. When the bill passed, President Obama high-fived his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, and in a speech to the American people a short time after, said, "We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things. We proved that this government -- a government of the people and by the people -- still works for the people."
Many Americans were deeply opposed to the president's plan. The bill passed amid protests outside the Capitol building, and polls have consistently shown the public's reluctance to embrace certain parts of the plan. House Minority Leader John Boehner promised that its passage would have major political consequences for Democrats in the midterm elections this November, saying, "We have failed to listen to America."
Democrats believe that once Americans see their health care bill in action, they will approve of the plan.
Our question to you today: Who are the winners and losers in Sunday's health care vote?