According to latest reports the sky has not fallen, Wall Street is still open for business, people were not laid off by employers because of health benefits, and the world proceeds with its normal course of events. President Obama finally has pushed through a health care bill that will be the first step along the path of health and financial sense in the United States. The vote in the House of Representatives was 219-212 even as thousands of Tea Party bullies ranted and raved against passage of a bill that provided health care to 32 million of their fellow Americans. The bill is far from perfect. It does not address issues of rising premiums, it does not address issues of denying people access to low cost drugs, and it will not address issues of bloated profits for health insurance companies. It is a first step, that is all.
This blog would have preferred a more focused health care bill that dealt with rising insurance premiums and the need for low cost drugs and a public run option, but we expect in the coming years those ideas to become reality. President Obama did the right thing in fighting for health care, and now it is necessary to ensure that all Americans understand this bill is not against health care, it is a step towards achieving it.