It wasn’t easy, but it’s done.
The House has voted. President Obama has delivered on his number one campaign promise. And when he signs the bill later today, health care reform will be the law of the land.
No thanks to Republicans. Not one Republican voted for the legislation. One more time, they have earned themselves the dangerous distinction of being “The Party of No.”
And no thanks to the media. No wonder Americans don’t know what’s in the bill or how much it will improve their lives. It’s because the media has only reported on the messy process and the dirty politics – totally ignoring the basic product.
Cable television, in fact, makes it almost impossible to pass any major legislation. I believe that if cable were around in 1965, we would never have Social Security today.
But one thing for sure: Now the stage is set for November and the mid-term elections.
Democrats will say, here’s what we’ve delivered: If you could never before afford health insurance for your family, now you can. If you do have coverage, insurance companies can’t screw you over any longer.
Republicans will say, here’s what we’ve delivered: Nothing.
For that, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner should be fired.
That’s my parting shot for today.