“We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things,” President Obama said in his speech tonight. “This is what change looks like,” he added later in the remarks, calling it simply, “A victory for common sense.”
“We did not fear our future, we shaped it,” Obama said.
As I wrote earlier, via Twitter:
Hope: Back in our uninsured 20s, a bunch of us voted for Clinton thinking about health care reform. Change: Finally it’s a real priority.
Tonight after Obama’s speech, Congressman James Clyburn said, “This is the Civil Rights Act of the 21st century,” calling health care, “The one fundamental right that this country has been struggling with for 100 years.”
It’s so easy to get caught up in the process debates and political wrangling, but as I watched TV coverage of the vote tonight, I was thinking about health care reform being a defining issue of my own generation, pondering how much we talked about it back in the early 90s. Here’s hoping that health care as a core right won’t go away, even as it evolves as a program over the coming months and years.
President Obama with VP Biden and other key staff tonight inside the White House, moments after the health care reform bill was passed.
official white house photo by pete souza