Hey, it’s one of those good news, bad news days.
The bad news is how much Democrats in the House had to give up in order to pass health care reform legislation.
They had to settle for a weak public option.
And they had to accept legislation – dictated by the Catholic bishops! – which even further tightens already existing restrictions on abortion funding. What country is this? Iran?
But, let’s keep our eyes on the prize: The Good News far, far outweighs the bad.
For the first time since FDR proposed it, one house of Congress has passed a bill to provide basic, quality, affordable health care to almost all Americans.
Insurance companies can no longer refuse to sell you insurance because of a pre-existing condition or drop your coverage when you get seriously ill.
And families who can’t afford to buy private insurance can get a federal subsidy, or buy into a cheaper, public insurance plan like Medicare.
There’s still a long way to go. The Senate will be tougher. But House passage of health care is a huge step forward.
Thanks to those Democrats who voted yes. And shame on those so-called Democrats who voted no.
That’s my parting shot for today.