If it passes, the short-term political consequences are unknowable. But in 10 years, people will look back in amazement that we once lived in a time when Americans couldn’t get health care coverage if they were sick, when insurance companies could cut off your benefits for being sick, and when run-of-the-mill serious illnesses routinely destroyed families’ financial security.I am optimistic; I don't think Pelosi would have scheduled the vote, or Obama called that Saturday caucus meeting at the White House, if they didn't think they had the votes. And in another NY Times story today, you can see aides for Pelosi and Obama vying to take credit for the victory, claiming that it was their boss who had to prod the other back into the fight.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Big Day Today in Washington
Huge vote today in the House on the Health Care Reform Bill. Gail Collins: