Sunday, March 21, 2010

219 to 212

By that narrow margin of seven votes, with not one vote of support from the Republican Party, we as a nation (to quote James Fallows) have --
moved FROM a system in which people can assume they will have health coverage IF they are old enough (Medicare), poor enough (Medicaid), fortunate enough (working for an employer that offers coverage, or able themselves to bear expenses), or in some other way specially positioned (veterans; elected officials)... TOWARD a system in which people can assume they will have health-care coverage. Period.
There will be time enough to fix less salubrious aspects of the law; almost assuredly, too, the day of a public option, or "Medicare for all," has come much closer tonight.

Speaking personally, we're "specially positioned" by age and circumstance well enough that it won't make any difference in our own life. It matters very much to us, however, that all Americans now and in future generations will enjoy the freedom from worry and want that guaranteed medical coverage ensures.

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