HEALTHCARE IS PASSED IN THE SENATE
Yes, Dorothy. We really did it. While the majority have fallen into a defensive posture regarding this bill, I am full of joy and pride this morning. Having set my mind to a few big goals in my own life, I know that I never got there in one step. But that each step I took in the right direction landed me where I wanted to go eventually.
The hardest thing is the first step.
We have done it. We corralled a dispirited Democratic caucus, fought a rabid right wing media machine, overcame our own ennui, to arrive here. At the beginning of a great moment in American history. Landmark moment.
We will all be able to tell our grandkids that we were a part of this. And they won’t understand how this great country could have ever let her people suffer and die due to lack of healthcare.
Yes, we will get there. Liberals could learn how to feel good and celebrate something this huge. Seriously. And you know I love you all. This isn’t winning an election! This is much harder than that. True reform of this magnitude is almost impossible. And yet, we are doing it.
I concur with David Shuster, who shared his “best moment” of HCR Senate vote:
“Parliamentarian: “Senator Byrd?”
Byrd: (shouting): “This is for my friend Ted Kennedy. Aye.”
You go, Senator Byrd! Senator Byrd brought dignity and hope to the senate floor, in stark contrast to the Republicans who had ordered their Teapublicans to pray the country wide for Byrd to die before the vote. Yes, Republicans, he is STILL alive, even though you prayed for him to die. He is alive, he voted, and he honored his friend Teddy. What have you people done lately for the country?
Your shame, Republicans, at this moment in history, is boundless. There are not words.
Thank you, Democrats, President Obama, and all of the active citizens whose vocal support of healthcare allowed this to happen, for taking the giant leap forward in this — our first step toward healthcare for all Americans. We have a long road ahead of us, but we will get there. The Civil Rights Act was just the beginning; child labor laws, fair housing laws, and women’s rights all were tweaked over time and continue to be amended.
As Howard Dean explained on Rachel Maddow, this imperfect bill can be amended.
“”If this bill passes, does it actually provide an appropriate foundation for a public option to be introduced as a separate matter?” Maddow asked.
“Actually, it does,” Dean replied. “Once you’ve got the exchanges set up … you could modify this at a later date.””
In order to get anywhere, you have to start somewhere. And boy, are we starting this one. I can smell the flop sweat of Republicans from my kitchen window and I likey.
May the country punish Republicans by energizing themselves to get out the vote in 2010. May we see Republicans punished at the ballot box for doing every single thing in their power to destroy this opportunity, up to and including praying for the death of Democratic senators and our President. If I can be allowed, a hearty #^@% (&@ to our Republican neocon nationalists. Please, take your self-righteous, hypocritical christo-nazi Fascist, cold-blooded dead fish and kindly shove it.
As Howard Dean said, “If the Republicans hate it, there must be some good in it.” You betcha, Howie. You betcha.
,You know you’re doing something right when the current Republican party hates you.