100 Years in the Making: Historic Health Care Reform Finally Passes

Via on Mar 23, 2010

One of the most important pieces of federal policy has just passed the House of Representatives. Ezra Klein, health care reform columnist for the Washington Post, says “tonight’s vote changed tens of millions of lives for the better, and literally saved hundreds of thousands of those lives.”

slide_5497_75079_large33% rate increases, insurance denial based on pre-existing health conditions, and not having health insurance because you’re between jobs just became a thing of the past. There’s no doubt that this bill will directly impact every single American. Nearly every American will soon have health care–whether on your own through the private market, through your employer, or from federal subsidies that will assist those who cannot afford it.

The bill passed on a close vote of 219 to 212 (it needed 216 to pass). I’m guessing most of you weren’t streaming CSPAN at 9:30 on a Sunday night like myself, but there was one thing throughout the debate that is crystal clear–this vote illustrated how polarized our nation’s representative democracy has become. Aside from the obvious appalling actions of the teabag protesters throughout the day (black members of congress being called the “N” word as they walked by and homophobic remarks launched at Barney Frank during a press conference), the unruliness carried over onto the House floor as well. One member even yelled “baby killer” at the pro-life Democrat Rep. Stupak while he was urging his colleagues to not vote for procedural tricks to kill the bill.

I’m not one that pretends to swear by bipartisanship. Frankly, I think Democrats may have given in too much to Republicans on this health care bill only to get exactly zero of their votes on the final bill. However, I do think there is an obvious void in much of today’s politics: inherent respect for one another and our differences in opinions.

I’m not going to sit here and come to some false conclusion about why this is the case, nor do I really care to understand it completely. All I know is that our government did a good thing for the American people tonight. I can’t wait until we can look back and agree on that.

As Pelosi said in her closing remarks tonight, “Senator Kennedy wrote that access to health care was the great unfinished business of our society – that is, until today.”

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Alex Myles is qualified as a Yoga teacher, Reiki Master, Teacher of Tibetan Meditation, Dragon Magic and a Spiritual coach to name just a few. Alex has no intention to teach others on a formal basis for many years to come, instead, she is collecting qualifications along with life’s lessons. One day, when the time is right, Alex will set up a quaint studio, in a quirky crooked building where she will breathe and appreciate the slowness of those days as life is just way too busy right now! Reading and writing has always been one of Alex’s passions. Alex likes to consider herself as a free spirit rather than a commitment-phobe. Trying to live as aligned to a Buddhist lifestyle as is possible in this day and age, she just does not believe in "owning" anything or anyone. Based on the theory that we ‘cannot lose someone that was not ours to lose’ she flails through life finding joy and magic in the most unexpected places. Mother to a 21 year old daughter and three adorable pups, she appreciates that some of the best moments in life are the 6am forest walks watching the dogs run, play and interact with one another and with nature. Connect with her on Facebook and check out her blog, Love and Madness. 

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