March 21, 2010: A Day that will live in Infamy!

After a full day of procedural horse shit and two hours of debate (Note:  A debate that should put to rest the notion that Republicans like John Boehner are Christian believers.), the House did what they say couldn’t be done.  They brought a vote on healthcare reform.  That’s right.  Democrats made a promise and delivered.

Now, there is a good chance that the sun will not come up tomorrow or that earthquakes will cause the earth to spin-off of its axis; however, given that this doesn’t happen, healthcare reform will become a reality.  A notion that started with Franklin Roosevelt and Harry S Truman has finished with Barack Hussein Obama.  (Note:  It took one black man to do what 12 white men couldn’t.)

HR 3590 will:

It makes insurance more affordable by providing the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history, reducing premium costs for tens of millions of families and small business owners who are priced out of coverage today. This helps over 31 million Americans afford health care who do not get it today – and makes coverage more affordable for many more.

It sets up a new competitive health insurance market giving tens of millions of Americans the exact same insurance choices that members of Congress will have.

It brings greater accountability to health care by laying out commonsense rules of the road to keep premiums down and prevent insurance industry abuses and denial of care.

It will end discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions.

It puts our budget and economy on a more stable path by reducing the deficit by $100 billion over the next ten years – and about $1 trillion over the second decade – by cutting government overspending and reining in waste, fraud and abuse.

Is this the best we could do? Probably not.  It doesn’t go far enough in my opinion, but historical landmark legislation like revolutions:

“enter the world like a bastard children, half compromised and half improvised.  We have provided the compromised it will be unto history to do the rest.”   — Benjamin Franklin

Here’s hoping the sun comes up tomorrow, and being proud that I am a member of the party that is on the right side of history. 

Civil Rights:  Check

Social Security: Check

Medicare:  Check

Healthcare Reform:  Check