It’s just one hurdle overcome. 39 Democratic defections — too many in my book. But the bill passed. Now the Senate, and then reconciliation and more.
Most of the issues I am worried about — particularly in the foreign policy and national security realms — are on hold until Obama’s health care gambit is behind us.
Center for American Progress President John Podesta has been actively engaged in this debate and put out this statement:
“Today, the House of Representatives took an historic step forward toward delivering quality, affordable health care for all Americans. The bill passed by the House today will end insurance company abuses like denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, extend affordable coverage to the millions of Americans who do not have it today, and relieve the anxiety of those living one illness away from bankruptcy. This paid-for bill will also make important investments in prevention to keep families healthy, cut waste, fraud and abuse from the system, and rein in costs to put our economy on a path towards a sound fiscal future.”
“Today, history called, and the House of Representatives answered by voting to give hard-working Americans a better shot at the healthy families and financial security they deserve. Now, it’s the Senate’s turn to do the same.”
— Steve Clemons