"Congress completed action Sunday night on the major portion of President Obama's top priority, a historic restructuring of the nation's health care system that has eluded his predecessors for more than a century," USA Today writes. "The 219-212 House vote, coming after a tumultuous day of protests and rancorous debate, paves the way for Obama to sign into law most of his 10-year, $940 billion plan within the next few days. The House also approved a package of changes to the bill by a 220-211 vote shortly before midnight and sent it to the Senate for final action, perhaps later this week."
The Washington Post: "The bill will affect virtually every man, woman and child in the United States in some way, from the 20-somethings who constitute one of the largest uninsured groups to poor, childless adults who don't qualify for Medicaid in most states to well-paid professionals who could see their benefits shrink. The health-care debate touched on many highly charged moral issues in American life, and a handful of antiabortion Democrats held up a final deal until late Sunday afternoon, before reaching a breakthrough with the White House."
Dana Milbank focuses on the Tea Party protests outside the Capitol. "Thousands of conservative "tea party" activists had massed on the south side of the Capitol, pushing to within about 50 feet of the building. Some Democrats worried aloud about the risk of violence, and police tried to keep the crowd away from the building. But rather than calm the demonstrators, Republican congressmen whipped the masses into a frenzy. There on the House balcony, the GOP lawmakers' legislative dissent and the tea-party protest merged into one. Some lawmakers waved handwritten signs and led the crowd in chants of 'Kill the bill.' A few waved the yellow 'Don't Tread on Me' flag of the tea-party movement. Still others fired up the demonstrators with campaign-style signs mocking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi."
The Hill gives Nancy Pelosi her due: "Nancy Pelosi showed Sunday why she is one of the most powerful Speakers in history. In shepherding one of the most controversial bills through the House, Pelosi achieved what some thought what was impossible after Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts two months ago."
"No Republicans voted for the legislation. Representative Stephen F. Lynch, a South Boston Democrat, was one of 34 Democrats -- and the only member of the Massachusetts delegation -- who voted against the overall bill. But he then cast an 'aye' in support of the compromise repairs that are going to the Senate," The Boston Globe writes. Lynch said, "Once it's passed, it's my job to try to improve it. I think it did."
By the way, after all that, Rep. Nathan Deal has resigned from the House -- effective last night after the vote. He had planned on resigning last month but was lobbied by Rep. Eric Cantor to stay for his vote on health care.
Roll Call on what comes next: "Senate Democrats on Monday are set to pick up the battle over health care reform where the House left off, but the path forward remains uncertain as Republicans comb the reconciliation package for weaknesses and Democrats hunker down in an attempt to preserve the integrity of the bill."
NBC's Ken Strickland adds: "And if history is any guide, [Republicans] are likely to force the House to vote on health care again before Easter. 'Anybody that thinks that this is only going to be a one-time deal today in the House, I think, is grossly mistaken,' said Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch on CNN's 'State of the Union.'" More from Strickland: "In the 22 times reconciliation that has been used, only once has the Senate bill not been changed and sent back to the House."
The New York Daily News looks at the timing and impact of the legislation: "Champagne corks popped Sunday night when Congress passed historic health care reform, but here's a sobering reality: It will take years for much of the new law to take hold. In the meantime, health care for some Americans could get worse before it gets better, experts say -- with more Americans losing their insurance in the recession, and little to curb health care spending and premiums."
The Daily News also does its winners and losers. Winners: President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, labor unions, drug companies. Losers: John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, Sarah Palin, Tea Partiers, Fox News.