Health Care Reform Passes the House!
With the House of Representatives’ 219 to 212-vote approval of the Senate’s health care reform bill, health care reform moves one step closer to being law. America will finally join other developed nations in recognizing health care as a right, not merely as a privilege for the wealthy and the fortunate.
The House must now pass a separate bill that will make changes in the Senate’s version of health care reform. The changes will then go to the Senate for reconciliation. Under the reconciliation process, only 51 votes are needed for approval and the Senate’s Republican minority cannot block it by threatening a filibuster.
There’s been a lot of talk about whether health care reform will or won’t add to the government’s budget deficit. Nobody really knows. But we do know that it’s wrong to let people die because they don’t have money or because insurance companies want to increase their profits. What the House and Senate have passed doesn’t go nearly far enough, but it’s a step in the right direction.
The legislation includes no public option and is imperfect, but it will help tens of millions of people. I am thrilled. I had almost given up, but we really can make our country better.
And now, to bed. I had a lot of fun over mid-semester break (more on that later), but I’m tired and want to be fresh for school tomorrow.
Congratulations to the House Democrats, who defied a vicious smear campaign and did the right thing. They have helped bring America into the 21st century.
Copyright 2010 by Rinth de Shadley.