Learn more about abortion's place in the bill, as well as about the reconciliation bill and how the reform will affect the deficit.
ABORTION: Some conservative Democrats changed their votes to “yes” after President Obama announced an executive order Sunday ensuring the ban on federal money to fund abortions. The Democrats had opposed the reform bill because they believed it allowed federal funding for abortions outside the current limits of cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother’s life.
RECONCILIATION BILL: This was also approved by the House on Sunday and alters some of the reform bill’s provisions. It must now pass the Senate, then be signed by President Obama. Reconciliation is a parliamentary process that allows the Senate to overcome a filibuster with 51 votes.
MONEY: The Congressional Budget Office says enacting the health-care reform bill and the reconciliation bill would reduce federal deficits by $143 billion over the next 10 years.
Sources: WhiteHouse.gov, cbo.gov