When the controversial Affordable Healthcare Bill came up for a final vote in the House of Representatives in 2010, the outcome was uncertain. A crowd rallied on the Capitol grounds to voice their opposition, and seeing John Lewis and his colleagues approach, they shouted taunts and racial slurs. The incident angered fellow Democrats when they met for their pre-vote caucus, but Lewis reminded them of what mattered—making affordable healthcare an American right. In a march reminiscent of his civil rights days, he led his party through the jeering crowd to cast their votes and pass the bill.
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