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Healthcare Reform Passed: Victory Celebration Open Thread

Tonight, the President and the Congress will pass comprehensive health care reform.  There are absolutely no voices left to refute this fact.

At this moment – 9:39 pm ET – on FOX News Hannity is spending time to forecast the defeat of certain Democratic Congressfolks in November: a Far Right concession speech if ever there was one.  On MSNBC Ed Schultz is saying that Barack Obama may just be a genius: a stronger nod from the Far Left than is usually found from that source.  CNN is running its viewers through the benefits of the now-finished reform bill as they will – not “may” – unfold over coming years.

Consider this a Victory Celebration Open Thread


  1. …as a fully socialised medically cared for Brit… go HOORAY for you guys, for my second favourite country, and all of you who pushed in your different ways to make this happen

  2. DTOzone

    this will change nothing politically…no matter how much improvement this bill makes, the Republicans will still have their talking points and 45% of the country will still believe them, even while they benefit from the bill that will be passed tonight.

    but hey, that’s politics.  

  3. Shaun Appleby

    Live now on CNN.  This is Waterloo alright and we are wearing the size 10 Wellingtons this time.  And Blitzer is a horse’s patootie.

  4. Shaun Appleby

    Rehashing the failed talking points of the past ten months I really wonder how long he is going to be holding his position.  He is too clearly the face of defeat.

  5. HappyinVT

    of the whole bill which we know (thanks to the Republicans) is really long.  If he does, and it’s possible, the whole House should have to be present for the whole reading.

  6. Shaun Appleby

    Watch the Republicans scatter like a bunch of scalded geese.  Grab your popcorn folks, Democrats are united and Republicans have been tossed out on the rocks.  Whatever they were doing…  It wasn’t working.  And as I’ve been twittering my Tea Party friends all day, they are headed for a parting of the ways.

  7. Shaun Appleby

    Fox has some young apparatchik on now comparing Obama to Reagan.  Oh, Lordy…  I wasn’t ready for that.

  8. HappyinVT

    I think Ed Schultz wants to have Obama’s baby.  Big change in tone; guess people really do like a fighter.

  9. Reaper0bot0

    I’m glad I blogged in 2008.  I’m glad I helped found this site back in 2008.  I’m glad I agitated.

    I’m glad we did it.  It was worth it.  Thanks, guys.  Seriously, thanks.

  10. I’m going to celebrate this victory tonight. And, maybe tomorrow. But after that, it’s time to move on to the next battle in the fight to turn this country around. If I’ve learned anything during the last 14 months, it’s that we desperately need change.

  11. Geraldo is asking the FOX audience if it isn’t possible that Obama is right?  That this bill will in fact bring progress.  “Raise your hand if you don’t like that idea (that pre-existing conditions are gone)?”



  12. to get out the truth of what is in the bill. Now that passions will be a little muted, we should be able to completely expose the lies that were spread about the bill. People don’t like to be lied to or to be made to appear to be fools. They are going to turn on the liars if we can get the truth out there. This could be the most damaging thing imaginable for the GOP.

  13. just maybe, the President will sign this into law on Friday. That’s my birthday. It would be one hell of a birthday present. Best I ever got, by far.

  14. Christopher —

    For the first time in our nation’s history, Congress has passed comprehensive health care reform. America waited a hundred years and fought for decades to reach this moment. Tonight, thanks to you, we are finally here.

    Consider the staggering scope of what you have just accomplished:

    Because of you, every American will finally be guaranteed high quality, affordable health care coverage.

    Every American will be covered under the toughest patient protections in history. Arbitrary premium hikes, insurance cancellations, and discrimination against pre-existing conditions will now be gone forever.

    And we’ll finally start reducing the cost of care — creating millions of jobs, preventing families and businesses from plunging into bankruptcy, and removing over a trillion dollars of debt from the backs of our children.

    But the victory that matters most tonight goes beyond the laws and far past the numbers.

    It is the peace of mind enjoyed by every American, no longer one injury or illness away from catastrophe.

    It is the workers and entrepreneurs who are now freed to pursue their slice of the American dream without fear of losing coverage or facing a crippling bill.

    And it is the immeasurable joy of families in every part of this great nation, living happier, healthier lives together because they can finally receive the vital care they need.

    This is what change looks like.

    My gratitude tonight is profound. I am thankful for those in past generations whose heroic efforts brought this great goal within reach for our times. I am thankful for the members of Congress whose months of effort and brave votes made it possible to take this final step. But most of all, I am thankful for you.

    This day is not the end of this journey. Much hard work remains, and we have a solemn responsibility to do it right. But we can face that work together with the confidence of those who have moved mountains.

    Our journey began three years ago, driven by a shared belief that fundamental change is indeed still possible. We have worked hard together every day since to deliver on that belief.

    We have shared moments of tremendous hope, and we’ve faced setbacks and doubt. We have all been forced to ask if our politics had simply become too polarized and too short-sighted to meet the pressing challenges of our time. This struggle became a test of whether the American people could still rally together when the cause was right — and actually create the change we believe in.

    Tonight, thanks to your mighty efforts, the answer is indisputable: Yes we can.

    Thank you,

    President Barack Obama

  15. From Steve M on the D:

    The Kaiser Foundation released a paper a few weeks ago in which they compared the current bill to the Republican alternative that was introduced in 1993 as an alternative to Hillarycare.  The Republican bill was written by John Chafee, a liberal Republican, but it was co-sponsored by 20 other Republicans, including Bob Dole.  5 of the Republicans who co-sponsored that legislation are still in the Senate.

    The Kaiser Foundation found that the two bills were substantially similar.  The major components of the current bill were all in the Republican bill from 1993.

  16. Jjc2008

    President Obama got this victory.

    But a big part of it, imo, is because of Nancy Pelosi.  Don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade here, but Nancy has been trashed for years by the right, called every name in the book, and took it …..and still kept fighting for health care.

    She deserves a lot of credit too.  

  17. Jjc2008

    than anyone……her remarks about Bush, albeit deserved, have been mild at best.

    “Pelosi’s America” with a face of disgust has been the MO for the right, and even the “centrists” for years.  

    Part of it was her gender.

    Women, like Hillary, like Nancy when being tough a redemonized as b*tches or as cold, or they can’t let it go, just cuz they are women.  W said some horridly nasty things about dems, and his team were so horridly crass in their treatment of left, from John Kerry to Max Cleland, and they got a pass.  If I had a penny for every righty and centrist who insisted W was “a nice guy” when he was horrid to people.

    Sorry, once again we disagree.  Strong, outspoken women are still overly criticized in this county.  It’s a hot button for me.

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