Historic Night in Washington, DC

March 21, 2010

Healthcare reform finally passed the House last evening. After over a year of partisan fights, violent town hall meetings, insurance companies' nonstop lobbying, GOP-funded Tea Partiers, hate radio lies, and other partisan garbage, a health care reform bill has finally passed. The bill passed 219 to 212 down political lines.

Nancy Pelosi said:
“We will be joining those who established Social Security, Medicare and now, tonight, health care for all Americans.”
The last 13 months of the healthcare debate was partisan and ugly. In the last days of the debate we witnessed bad behaved Tea Partiers making racial remarks to African American members of Congress (kill the bill nigger), spitting on members of Congress, and calling Congressman Barney Frank a "faggot."

Watching the debate last night we heard members of Congress shouting at each other, interrupting speeches, and a GOP member of Congress screaming "baby killer" to anti-abortion Congressman Bart Stupak as he spoke on the House Floor. House minority Leader John Boehner shouted, "Hell no, you didn't!" in speech, which was weak except for his shouting:
House Minority Leader John Boehner is speaking now, giving the Republican closing argument. But he accidentally gave Democrats a chance to rally themselves a bit. "Can you honestly say that if you like the healthcare plan you have, that you can keep it?" he asked. "Yes!" Democrats yelled back. "No, you can't," he snapped. Which, naturally, prompted an Obama-esque retort from the Democratic caucus: "Yes we can!"

Not long afterwards, Boehner started shouting that Democrats haven't read the bill. "Hell no, you didn't!" he yelled. A Democrat objected to the language. "Both sides will do well to remember the dignity of the House," Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wisc., the acting speaker, told Boehner.
The evening went from desperate and raucous to dignified and respectful as President Obama addressed the nation. From his speech:
So this isn’t radical reform. But it is major reform. This legislation will not fix everything that ails our health care system. But it moves us decisively in the right direction. This is what change looks like.
Now as momentous as this day is, it's not the end of this journey. On Tuesday, the Senate will take up revisions to this legislation that the House has embraced, and these are revisions that have strengthened this law and removed provisions that had no place in it. Some have predicted another siege of parliamentary maneuvering in order to delay adoption of these improvements. I hope that’s not the case. It’s time to bring this debate to a close and begin the hard work of implementing this reform properly on behalf of the American people. This year, and in years to come, we have a solemn responsibility to do it right.
Nor does this day represent the end of the work that faces our country. The work of revitalizing our economy goes on. The work of promoting private sector job creation goes on. The work of putting American families’ dreams back within reach goes on. And we march on, with renewed confidence, energized by this victory on their behalf.
In the end, what this day represents is another stone firmly laid in the foundation of the American Dream. Tonight, we answered the call of history as so many generations of Americans have before us. When faced with crisis, we did not shrink from our challenge -- we overcame it. We did not avoid our responsibility -- we embraced it. We did not fear our future -- we shaped it.


The Saipan Blogger said...

The Republicans are turning into a small club of radical nutjobs.

Anonymous said...

Republicans will win the next election by a landslide. Obama is a one term President. You can thank Pelosi and her nutty hysterics for that.

Anonymous said...

They can't. They turned into children. Pelosi just got a bill passed that pundits promised was impossible.

Saipan Writer said...

I don't think anyone would shout "baby killer" at an "anti-abortionist."

Good on the passage of the health care reform bill.

Wendy said...

Hi Jane:
Rep. Bart Stupak(D-MI) voted against the bill in Nov.2009. He stated his anti-abortionist stand as the reason. He changed his mind before this vote deciding to vote for the bill. There were several Republicans who attacked his switching his position. Today Texas Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer admitted he shouted out "baby killer" and claimed that the remark was not intended for Stupak. You can view the scene as it was taped. See here and here.

Anonymous said...

"It's a baby killer." He said he was referring to the bill.

Kind of like, "One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind," where the "a" was inaudible with the equipment available and vocalization used.

Anonymous said...

11:20 The Texan Rep. claims he said, "It's a baby killer" after the press reported he shouted, "baby killer." and was looking for who shouted that. On every tape you can hear only the words "baby killer". Maybe he whispered, "It's a?" and the only audible part was "baby killer." But I doubt it! Whatever was said, he has no manners, especially for the House of Representatives.

Anonymous said...

Great Victory? Is this really what Nancy P wanted? I remember her saying this there would not be a law if it did not include single payer. Did I miss that. We will see how this plays out, but I think overall it will not be a big deal because all that Nancy P really wanted was the victory, not to actually deal with the results. Well, she and her frat boys had their big "V" so can we now start the slow but envitable process of destroying the results with the biggest barrage of lawsuits in history. Hey, it's America, it you don't like it you can move to Europe. Oh, sorry, we live in Europe now.

Captain said...

I would seriously suggest that all sit back and not get so exited over this "health care reform" as of yet.
Wait and see what it will cost us all in NMI and also you guys in the US.
This affects medicare, medicaid and the health insurance whether you want it or not.
I would like "affordable" health coverage BUT at what cost? (is it truly affordable)
We shall see and I hope that I am wrong, but I have apprehensions on this.
As in the past, "free things" come at a cost, many times the cost is more than if they were not "free"

I can possibly see some benefits to "long term" patients such as Cancer patients, "AIDS" and others.
BUT who will be paying for all of this? Us and our children and grandchildren.

In Hawaii, the employer is required by law to make available a health insurance program for all of it's employees. The employee can add on a family coverage at their own cost (payroll deduction)

I will be looking at my kids and friends rate adjustments on this along with the employer contribution.