On this night, the eve of the most historical vote I’ve seen in my adult lifetime I find I have the urge to wax nostalgically and also to consider the what tomorrow’s vote really means, in both real terms and the political ones. I have to admit to the fact when I think about it am profoundly moved. I also have to admit I take great pride in the fact that is a completely partisan bill. I take great pride today in the fact that I am a Democrat, the party that tomorrow will deliver countless millions from the fear of finical ruin brought on by illness. 31 million will be delivered from the real terror that it is live without health care coverage, to be helpless when your child is ill. It’s a stunning achievement for my party, the Democratic Party.
With the passage of health care reform Barack Obama joins the ranks of American’s great progressive presidents. By deciding in the wake of the recent senatorial election in Massachusetts the president took full possession of health care reform, he owns this bill. In a two year period that we got to see Barack Obama become the first person of color to occupy the Oval Office and win the Nobel Peace Price, passage of this bill may prove to be his greatest achievement. I will not argue that there weren’t many bumps and pot holes on the road that got us to this evening, here and now, they don’t matter, what matters is that we are here.