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View Diary: Why we need to hold our nose and support the Senate HCR bill (UPDATE - Senate Invokes Cloture) (55 comments)

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  •  But this isn't "shit" (1+ / 0-)
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    It is not as good as it could have been if we had a few better Congressmembers.
    It is not perfect, by any means.
    But it's pretty good.  It accomplishes a lot -- as I've mentioned before.  Insuring 31 million Americans, 45,000 of whom die every year as a result of their lack of insurance, will be a very real and very important improvement to our society, and this bill does that.  It contains many very good reforms.
    Does it do everything we would have wanted?  No.  But it does an awful lot.

    As Ezra Klein, a very keen observer (and progressive former blogger now writing for the Washington Post) observed:

    Imagine telling a Democrat in the days after the 2004 election that the 2006 election would end Republican control of Congress, the 2008 election would return a Democrat to the White House, and by the 2010 election, Democrats would have passed a bill extending health-care coverage to 94 percent of Americans, securing trillions of dollars in subsidies for low-income Americans (the bill's $900 billion cost is calculated over 10 years, but the subsidies continue indefinitely into the future), and imposing a raft of new regulations on private insurers. It is, without doubt or competition, the single largest social policy advance since the Great Society.

    Not bad, huh?  [Emphasis added.]

    That's why the forces of reaction and conservatism and fear are sulking today.  
    Every GOP member of the Senate voted against this bill (twice, now).  Every GOP member of the House but one voted against the House version.
    The conservatives and the lobbyists and the entrenched interests and Mitch McConnell and John McCain and Tom Coburn and John Boehner and Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck and Michael Savage don't want this bill.
    Russ Feingold and Dick Durbin and Sherrod Brown and Tom Harkin and Bernie Sanders and Robert Byrd and John Lewis and Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama and Victoria Kennedy do.

    I know which side I'm on.

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