Pingree Votes for Healthcare Reform Bill 

After months of intense debate, congress is moving forward with health care reform.Late Saturday night, democrats in the House of Representatives passed a plan to expand health benefits to millions of people who currently lack insurance.Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree voted in favor of the plan, and supporters of health care reform greeted her with cheers as she arrived at the Portland jetport Sunday morning.But not everyone is cheering for Pingree.Every republican in the house except one voted against the bill.Its critics say the plan is too expensive, and allows too much government influence over personal health decisions. “It wasn’t a perfect bill, all of us would have done something a little bit different, but just to get that bill passed and to allow people to move forward,” Pingree said on Sunday. “It felt like this was the vote my constituents sent me to cast.”All eyes will now be on Maine’s two republican senators, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. Snowe has already said she will not support a health care plan that calls for a public option.