One step closer. Not done, but one step closer. Plenty of opposition still left. The Sniffer will remain vigilant. AHIP, PhRMA, Big Medicine, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Anti-Reform PACs and Astroturfers. Probably not their best day.
The House of Representatives voted, 220-215, and the Affordable Health Care for America Act, H.R. 3962, passed.
Universal Health Care took its closest step to being a reality in the history of the nation. We stand at the threshold of being a healthier people. Those determined individuals who through choice or calling have dedicated their lives to being healers today were honored. Yes, honored. A doctor, a nurse, an aide, a therapist of any stripe, even the chaplain, administrator, clerk, or support staff. Even those in Big Medicine who dedicate their lives to creating the best medical care possible, despite the the greed that has held them hostage. Today they were given a new legitimacy, not in what they do, they’ve always had that. Yes, I know there are those who take advantage of the trust they’ve been given, or reach a point of compassion fatigue where they lose their edge. And make mistakes. But that is not the point.
Tonight we celebrate the majority, who work and work and work that the sick and injured are given the chance to have their lives back, or to be given a life for the very first time. Tonight, in America, the healers have a new identity. Or nearly so. Like the subtle change from night to twilight, that just perceivable shift from sky black to the dimming of the stars, the new dawn of medical vitality is just over the horizon.
The Caregivers’ dawn is rising. America the healthy will soon rise right along with them.