Do you remember chanting this in the streets?
"Health! Care! Is a right!
Health! Care! Is a right!
Pump up the volume!"
Apparently, 20 years after I've last done that, Congress listened.
The blue dog Dems, the deranged teabaggers, the insurance industry whores, the lipsmacking lobbyists, therethuglican whiners, bleating, "Keep the government off my Medicare!" morons all got temporarily shut up.
The house passed the healthcare bill.
A triumphant Speaker Nancy Pelosi likened the legislation to the passage of Social Security in 1935 and Medicare 30 years later. "Oh, what a night!" she proclaimed at the beginning of a press conference held after the vote. Obama issued a statement saying, "I look forward to signing it into law by the end of the year."
"It provides coverage for 96 percent of Americans. It offers everyone, regardless of health or income, the peace of mind that comes from knowing they will have access to affordable health care when they need it," said Rep. John Dingell, the 83-year-old Michigan lawmaker who has introduced national health insurance in every Congress since succeeding his father in 1955.
The Rethugs in the senate used babies as props, vow to stop it in its tracks, and blatantly spew insurance coonglomo rhetoric in their bilious arguments.
They argue, but have nothing better to show.
And the battle contines.