It’s the first steps of reforming American health care, but depending on whom you ask the landmark legislation has different meanings.
“I don’t believe the government should be in control of our healthcare, its one sixth of our economy," said Republican Rep. Sue Myrick
"It means 100,000 more of my constituents have health care," said Democratic Rep. Mel Watt.
The House's version guarantees coverage for 96 percent of Americans, and the bill forces insurance companies to include more people at lower premiums.
But there are also penalties. Businesses that don’t provide health coverage for their employees will be fined 8 percent. Individuals who opt out of the public plan would be penalized 2.5 percent of their income
Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell voted across party lines against the bill, saying, “The current form cuts nearly $400 million from Medicare."
The one thing agreed upon by both sides of the House: the bill's fate remains in the Senate.
Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is working on the Senate's version and said it’s all about the numbers.
"I want to make sure whatever we do it does not increase the federal deficit," Hagan said.
Republican Sen. Richard Burr said the fundamental problem with the bill passed in the House is its skyrocketing costs.