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Passing The Health Reform Bill Is Worth Risking Democratic Majorities In Congress

The Health reform bill passed with 60 votes in the U.S. Senate late last year would extend coverage to most Americans and would block insurance companies from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions.

As flawed as the bill may be in some aspects, when will we see something better? It could be decades before we see something better.

Think of the difference it would make in the lives of people not currently covered by health insurance to be able to get health insurance.

The House could pass the bill right now and by so doing make sure that most Americans are covered.

If they feel they must, the House could change at least some portions of the bill. At least some portions of the bill could win Senate approval with just 51 votes by the process known as reconciliation.

Democrats in the House and Senate seem afraid to act because they are worried about the political  consequences of moving ahead.

Beyond the fact that lawmakers might be rewarded by the public for finally acting on this matter, passing the bill would be worth losing Democratic majorities in the House or Senate.

This bill would bring about near universal coverage.  It would help so many people. It is difficult to think of a more important thing that could be done for the American people.

If we can’t count on Democrats to put the needs of others first, then we are out of luck in this society.

I urge the large Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress to work this out regardless of the risks.

I urge the large Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress to move ahead with the hope that doing the right thing will bring success on Election Day.

February 1, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,


  1. I agree completely. What is the purpose of getting elected and re-elected if a Member of Congress is afraid to use the power vested in his/her office? Moreover, voters who oppose health care reform will not likely vote for a Democratic Congress Member who voted for health care reform before voting against it. So there is very little to gain politically by now backing away from votes already cast. The Dems should not try to pander for the votes of conservatives who will always vote Republican. They should honor the voters who actually sent them to Washington to change the law and improve the USA.

    Comment by Ken Katkin | February 2, 2010

  2. Ken–Nothing I can add to make this better. Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 4, 2010

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