What do you know?
Out of the goodness of their hearts – and because they want to get out of town as fast as anybody else – Republicans have compromised on one element of the health care debate. The final vote will take place at 8 a.m. on Christmas Eve, instead of 7 p.m.
Thank you, Mitch McConnell, for nothing.
The long debate over health care in the Senate ends on a sour note. It’s taken much too long to produce a bill that nobody likes.
But, for once, as we end this phase of the debate, I want to look on the positive side.
Remember: We’ve been talking about it since the days of FDR. Yet, for the first time ever, a bill on universal health care has passed the House. For the first time ever, such a bill will pass the Senate. And, for the first time ever, a bill on universal health care will be signed into law by President Obama in early 2010.
It won’t be everything we want. Not even close. But it is a huge step forward. And a big foundation on which we can build upon for years to come.
So, for once, let’s focus – not on what we didn’t achieve – but on what we were able to accomplish.
President Obama will deliver on his promise of health care reform.
That’s my parting shot for today.