March 22, 2010

Health Care Reform: 'This is What Change Looks Like'

Did you watch any of the coverage of the health care reform bill in the House of Representatives yesterday? It was a remarkable moment in political history when Congress passed a sweeping overhaul of our health care system -- a major progressive victory that will rein in the worst insurance abuses and expand health care to 32 million Americans.

The Republicans are pissed off ... yelling things like 'Baby-Killer', spitting on John Lewis (D-GA) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and bringing up the images of the rogue Confederate states from our nation's civil war. The minority leader was yelling, 'Hell No' as he realized that he was losing the legislative battle.

The Democrats were 'giddy' as they realized that they had the votes to pass historic health care reform. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) solidified her reputation as one of the most powerful leaders in congressional history. She gets the votes when it counts. Pelosi is credited with keeping the flame burning for comprehensive reform in February, after Sen. Brown (R-MA) was elected, when many others had abandoned the idea.

President Obama proved to the world once again that he was a political opponent to be feared as he cancelled a high-profile international trip to stay home for yesterday's vote. He used the power of his office to make a deal with Bart Stupak (D-MI) and five other pro-life Democrats.

Obama has to feel good today. No longer can people call him a weak president. After decades of attempts, this is a historic achievement.

Once again I find myself proud of my president!


Keith said...

This is truly a great day. I am convinced Obama will go down in history as one of the greatest of American presidents.

Villager said...

Keith - I agree with you! I'm enjoying Obama's continued excellence ... and I suspect that his approval ratings will climb over the coming weeks and months...