There’re a lot to anniversaries this week: the first day of Spring; the fifth anniversary of Twitter; and the first anniversary of President Obama’s health care reform.
The last, especially, is cause for celebration.
Imagine, one year already. And there are no death panels. No new government bureaucracy. Doctors are still treating patients. Clinics and hospitals are still open for business. Private insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies are making more money than ever.
And, best yet, 32 million Americans who couldn’t afford health insurance before – or couldn’t qualify because of a pre-existing condition – can now buy protection for them and their families.
Despite all the dire warnings from Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, John Boehner, Glenn Beck, and other right-wing crazies, in other words, Obama’s health care plan is already a huge success – and most of it hasn’t even kicked in yet. Just wait. It’s going to get better and better.
And the American people know it. The latest Kaiser Foundation poll finds that 51 percent of Americans want to leave Obama’s plan in place, versus 39 percent who want to repeal it. And 64 percent of all Americans oppose Republican efforts to defund the program.
Bottom line: President Obama’s health care plan is good for Democrats, bad for Republicans – and great for the American people.
That’s my parting shot for today.