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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.

  1. March 22, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Hi! Stopping by from SITS to drop in.

    I respectfully disagree with your point of view on healtcare, but won’t put in my 2 cents here. Just wanted to stop by and say hello!

    • Rinth de Shadley
      March 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm

      Hi Texan Mama!

      Thanks for coming by! Don’t worry about disagreeing with me. Plenty of people do, including my Dad, who’s a doctor. 🙂

      But I bet there are lots of things we can agree about. Have a great night!

  2. David
    March 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Rinth, just a question here…where do our rights come from?

    • Rinth de Shadley
      March 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm

      Hi David 🙂

      That’s a very deep question. Thank you for bringing it up!

      The quick answer is that all of our basic rights come from God. But knowing that they come from God doesn’t tell us exactly what rights we have.

      If you don’t mind, I would like to spend some time thinking about it and then write a whole blog article about it. It is a very important issue.

      I hope that you are doing fine!

      • David
        March 25, 2010 at 11:33 am

        No problem. You got the quick answer right. Could you include in your blog how healthcare is one of those?

        I’m not saying that all Americans should not have some form of healthcare, in fact they should. But it should be basic for everyone, wellness visits and necessary treatments. This bill will make health care about financial concerns, not health. And the fact that the bill does not include in its umbrella the yet-to-be born makes it a very holey umbrella. Financially, they could potentially say that keeping you healthy isn’t worth the expense and euthanize elderly who cost too much.

        I don’t think this bill fixes the most obvious things about health care that are broken.

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