Health Care Reform Legislation passed the House of Representatives! Hooray! Buuuut... I can't help but feel like... something like this has happened before. (By the way, despite the fact that that post was written more than four months ago, literally nothing has happened with the bill since then. It's been place on the Senate Calendar. But, I mean, really? We can't get a little action?)
To return to the math of the last post, the Affordable Health Care for America Act (AKA 3962) passed 220-215. There are 258 Democrats in the House, which means we had a defection rate of 15%. On the other hand, there are 177 Republicans in the House, one of whom voted for 3962, which means they had a defection rate of 0.5%. Half a percent. ONE of their party members voted the other way. THIRTY-NINE of ours did. Now, obviously, there's more room for dissension in our party (I mean, obviously, in general; Democrats are, after all, the party of acceptance) and in this case, we have a sizable majority, so there's more wiggle room to be expected.
This is ridiculous.
Republicans are able to coalesce over an issue in a way that we can't even fathom. No one in the Democratic Party was willing to filibuster an illegal, immoral war (except maybe Kucinich?) but the Republicans have threatened such a move over a measure designed to save lives. People should be ashamed.
And speaking of shame, what's up with newly-elected New Mexican official Harry Teague not only voting no on the bill, but yes on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment? (If you don't know what this is, use Google, or stay tuned. I'm not sure if I'm going to devote a whole post to it, but damn!)
I'm just saying...the hard work is not done. We've got a lot more ground to cover. Let's take a moment to celebrate the historic passing of a bill that's intended to help people and save lives as opposed to the normal garbage we get from Washington, but let's make sure that we not let up this fight.