03.21.10 Final Holdouts Come Over
At this hour, it appears that the anti-choice holdouts in the Democratic Party have gotten on board and the ugly, ugly health “reform” is on its way to passage. I want this monstrosity to pass. Though it is a giant payday for big insurance and big pharma, it is also the ticket to reliable insurance for millions of Americans.
It came down to this bill vs. nothing, not this bill vs. the ideal bill. Progressives and, ultimately, some principled (if wrong) Catholics had to accept that fundamental fact. And all of them — all of us — owed this to those millions of Americans. You cannot hold the good hostage to the perfect on the backs of those who have nothing. You just can’t do it!
One little irony: two of the final Democratic holdouts hail from the western Cleveland and suburbs: Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), the lefty, and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), the (otherwise liberal) Catholic. This is, of course, of particular interest to your blogger, who grew up around that part of the world.