I realize that the GOP will make Health Care Reform the centerpiece of the 2010 elections. Not sure how they'll campaign. I guess they'll tell us that its a good thing that our health care costs are sky-rocketing, there is little competition, and that our insurance companies can deny us coverage if we have a pre-existing condition. Maybe they'll say that we went too far, too fast, even though FDR first proposed universal coverage back in the 1930s. Harry Truman did as well and even Richard M. Nixon was proposing that we extend Medicare to all Americans. Bill Clinton tried to work on it as well. Hey, back in the fall of 2008, John McCain (now chief obstructionist) said that health coverage was a right for every American. I know, I watched the debate. Now he had a different plan, but he didn't win, Barack Obama did. What we'll get isn't perfect. It's not the plan that Barack Obama wanted to offer, but it takes 60 votes in the Senate to close debate. It appears that this last vote, that of Ben Nelson is now in the fold.
Of course, the House will have to agree to a plan that can pass the Senate. My expectation is that they will recognize political realities, understanding that politics is and always has been the art of compromise.
This is a long time in coming. It is a major triumph, and yet it really is only the first step. There is still a lot that needs to be done to make this work for all Americans. But, we've moved farther along in the last few months than ever before.