Tuesday, March 23, 2010


This Tuesday morning, I stopped at the Broadway Lights diner for a snack and there on the TV, was our President Obama, speaking to a crowd in the East Room. As I sat there, I got to witness him signing the landmark legislation that will affect everyone who has ever dealt with health insurance. That would be most of us.

Barack Obama, after thanking a number of key players in forming this legislation, signed this historic health care overhaul that is expected to guarantee coverage for an additional 32 million currently uninsured Americans. I watched the House proceedings on CSPAN Sunday night and had to
laugh at some of the rhetoric from some of the Representatives. I know that after showing their true colors during that session, many of them will have trouble back home in November. I loved the "Baby Killer" shout-out by Randy Neugebauer of Texas at Bart Stupak. Good stuff.

The Freeman pulled a good quote from the ceremony from the President:
"With all the punditry, all the lobbying, all the game-playing that passes for governing here in Washington, it's been easy at times to doubt our ability to do such a big thing, such a complicated thing, to wonder if there are limits to what we as a people can still achieve. We are not a nation that scales back its aspirations. We are not a nation that falls prey to doubt or mistrust. We don't fall prey to fear. We are not a nation that does what's easy. That's not who we are. That's not how we got here."

Watching this on the screen in the company of wait staff and some customers, It was quite surreal; considering everyone was pretty much in the working class category that this reform bill is intended to help. It's just odd knowing that there are people out there who truly believe this is the worst thing for Americans. That doing nothing would be better.

With decades of complete Republican control in both houses and the White House, there was little attempt to even mention reformation of health insurance, never mind act on it. Now, with the reality of just the opposite, there is action. Granted, it's not perfect. The bill is not the optimum "end all" reform bill that many of us wanted, but it's a terrific foundation of change in in a system that was destined to bankrupt most middle income households by the end of this decade.

After the President recited his list of the more immediate actions that the bill will provide, he sat down, signed the bill into law with a dozen pens and prompted thunderous applause by an audience overcome with jubilation, for rarely is it seen that something in Washington ever reaches some assemblage of completion. With the Reconciliation bill still heading toward the Senate, this occasion is about to set the election cycle into a very different outcome.


Anonymous said...

What is telling is the comment yesterday on ABCs NightLine from the conservative David Frum where he states: For so long, we in the GOP thought FOX worked for us, now we realize we work for Fox.

Anonymous said...

Washington Post #HCR calculator is really cool and REALLY eye opening. A must see for all haters.


Anonymous said...

I am going to reserve judgement until I see the financial impact on me, good or bad. So I am not celebrating at the present time.

But rest assured, if this turns out to be a dismal failure fraught with corruption and fraud I will loudly proclaim that I was against the current reform and I was from the beginning. No lie there.

Preston said...


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Anonymous said...

Wow, the protections for children with pre-existing conditions are NOT in the bill they just passed? Children with PECs aren't covered today? You mean the Progressives in the democratic party lied to us?