Monday, 22 March 2010

This is what change looks like....

Last night, by a 219-212* vote, the House passed historic health care reform that will provide cover to more than 32 Million more Americans and make every single American more secure - noone can now be denied care because they are sick, or because they are too middle class for medicaid but denied coverage by their employer. We are all better off today than we were yesterday, including the people who right now oppose this effort.

I believe that, like Medicare and Social security, this reform will become a proud bedrock of American social protection, and will make us both healthier and more economically competitive.

This is what I and more than 52% of Americans voted for in November 2008.

* Unfortunate typo corrected....

2 comments:

Julian said...

Just to correct a typo: The vote in the House for passing the Senate bill was 219-212. (If there had been any GOP members willing to be honest about just how centrist this bill was, then the vote in favour would have been closer to 291.)

The vote for House passage of the proposed reconciliation bill to improve upon the Senate bill was 220-211.

I am trying to think of a single Democratic legislative accomplishment in the last four decades that comes close to this one and I honestly can't think of one. As easy as it is to criticise this bill for its actual or imagined flaws, I doubt that anyone could seriously think that future reform would be easier with more years of the disastrous status quo.

Obama London said...

Thanks Julian - typo corrected. Very early morning posting followed by a busy day...