Faced with an endless litany of institutional roadblocks, false starts, ego-centric Members, and plain political pressures, Pelosi was able to wrangle together just enough votes to push reform to the finish line.
Obama has been bombarded day-in-day-out for months, his reputation skewered from both the left and the right of the spectrum. With tonight's vote, the momentum shifts. Chapter Two of his presidency can now begin.
Perhaps my point will be more memorable for the use of a whimsical metaphor, but this issue is no laughing matter. Not when you're sick, or watching a loved one die, or casting their ashes in a canyon.
Empathy for others comes fast when you are also suffering. Those of us who believe that everyone is entitled to affordable health insurance and good medical care need to constantly emphasize empathy and compassion.
Health care in this country is in dire straits. I've written suggestions to fix our broken system. The plan I proposed involves the creation of an independent people-funded, people-managed insurance coop.
Why am I so fed up with Lieberman? As a doctor who has been taking care of uninsured patients for more than a dozen years, it seems utterly unjust that one legislator could derail public health care for millions.
For today, we need to recognize that we spend more money in America on health care than any other country by a factor of two or three -- and we are not getting the consistent, high-quality care we should be getting for all the money we are spending