House defeats GOP alternative health bill

The House defeated a GOP alternative healthcare plan tonight, 258-176.

Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Ill.) was the only Republican to vote against the GOP bill. A united Democratic caucus voted no. (One Democrat did not vote.)

Republicans argued the plan was cheaper and less intrusive than the Democratic reform package.

(See here for more details on the GOP plan).

Democrats lambasted the plan for only covering an additional 3 million Americans and for failing to force insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions.