Sunday, March 21, 2010

Historic Moment

Whoo Hoo !!!! Yes we did !!! This vote was for you, Ted.

Health Care Reform just became a probability instead of the faint possibility of a few weeks ago. I never want to read that President Obama lacks leadership again.

Nancy Pelosi is as disliked by the 'right' as Dick Cheney is by the 'left'. The reason? Because she can deliver and much credit for tonight's historic vote has to go to her.

I will write more on this later, but for now I am going to celebrate all by myself and then hit the hay (also by myself) so I will be rested for my root canal tomorrow.


The morning after

This morning I received the following in my e-mail. I am sure many of you also got this form letter, but I am going to share it with those of you who did not. It is a copy of President Obama's speech after the vote.

Dear Darlene --

For the first time in our nation's history, Congress has passed comprehensive health care reform. America waited a hundred years and fought for decades to reach this moment. Tonight, thanks to you, we are finally here.

Consider the staggering scope of what you have just accomplished:

Because of you, every American will finally be guaranteed high quality, affordable health care coverage.

Every American will be covered under the toughest patient protections in history. Arbitrary premium hikes, insurance cancellations, and discrimination against pre-existing conditions will now be gone forever.

And we'll finally start reducing the cost of care -- creating millions of jobs, preventing families and businesses from plunging into bankruptcy, and removing over a trillion dollars of debt from the backs of our children.

But the victory that matters most tonight goes beyond the laws and far past the numbers.

It is the peace of mind enjoyed by every American, no longer one injury or illness away from catastrophe.

It is the workers and entrepreneurs who are now freed to pursue their slice of the American dream without fear of losing coverage or facing a crippling bill.

And it is the immeasurable joy of families in every part of this great nation, living happier, healthier lives together because they can finally receive the vital care they need.

This is what change looks like.

My gratitude tonight is profound. I am thankful for those in past generations whose heroic efforts brought this great goal within reach for our times. I am thankful for the members of Congress whose months of effort and brave votes made it possible to take this final step. But most of all, I am thankful for you.

This day is not the end of this journey. Much hard work remains, and we have a solemn responsibility to do it right. But we can face that work together with the confidence of those who have moved mountains.

Our journey began three years ago, driven by a shared belief that fundamental change is indeed still possible. We have worked hard together every day since to deliver on that belief.

We have shared moments of tremendous hope, and we've faced setbacks and doubt. We have all been forced to ask if our politics had simply become too polarized and too short-sighted to meet the pressing challenges of our time. This struggle became a test of whether the American people could still rally together when the cause was right -- and actually create the change we believe in.

Tonight, thanks to your mighty efforts, the answer is indisputable: Yes we can.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama


Vagabonde said...

Darlene I wish I could be there with you to celebrate. You have worked hard explaining the fine points to all your readers – you may have changed some people’s mind; they may have realized after reading all your arguments that health care was the way to go. You should be happy, we all should be very happy. Hope you won’t be in too much pain with your root canal and that the vote tonight with help make it feel better.

Hattie said...

Your explanations helped me a lot. Now that it's passed I really understand what a tragedy it would have been had it failed.
Thanks Marianna Scheffer (aka "Hattie.")
PS: ope you are feeling better tomorrow.

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

congratulations, Ms Darlene!! Its because of people like you that this bill has passed!!

Joy Des Jardins said...

I'm celebrating with you Darlene...raising my cup of tea to you my friend. Finally some good news...and thank God. Thanks for all your posts to help clarify things for us. Hope you're feeling better, and good luck with your root canal. ~Joy xo

Darlene said...

*Vagabonde - I am so elated this morning that nothing can cause me pain. Thank you for your kind words.

*Hattie - I am glad I was able to clarify the issue for you. You are so welcome. I am feeling no pain today. :-)

*Roshni Mitra Chintalapati - Thank you so much for your visit and kind words.

*Joy Des Jardins - Thank you so much. I am raising my morning coffee to you in celebration.

Darlene said...

For the above four - this morning I added a copy of the President's speech last night. You many want to read it.

Xtreme English said...

root canal! ugh. still, part of the credit for the victory has to go to you for your patient, thorough explanations. thanks!! and good luck in the red leatherette guillotine (the dentist's chair)!!

Kay Dennison said...

Yup! And guess what? The sky didn't fall while were asleep. To listen to the GOP, one would think that would have happened. LOL

Good luck with your root canal.

la peregrina said...

And what do you know, a morning after that didn't start with a headache but with an uplifting speech. :)

And thank you, Ted Kennedy, they finally finished what you started.

And add my luck with the others on the root canal, Darlene.

20th Century Woman said...

I hope that while you are having the root canal you are thinking about what a great day this is and how you did so much to bring it about. I got the letter too, but you are the one who really deserved it. It was as though it was written just to you. Oh yeah, Darlene!

Darlene said...

*Xtreme English -My guillotine is gray leather, but it's not my favorite chair no matter the color. Thanks for the credit, but I only preached to the choir.

*Kay - Not only did the sky not fall, but it looks a lot brighter today. Thanks for the good luck wishes.

*la peregrina - Yes, this is a good morning and after all the angst it is most welcome. Thank you for the good luck wishes.

20th Century Woman - I really didn't do anything to deserve the letter. I doubt that I changed any minds, even though I tried. I'm just glad that the first big step is over successfully.

Nancy said...


You did so well explaining the fine points of the Health Care Bill; I congratulate you.

I was proud to get a Dear Nancy letter signed Best Regards,Barack this morning,too.How great did that feel??

As far as you only preaching to the choir, Darlene, don't be so sure your wonderful essays and tirades weren't read by a lot of people who were on the fence about this bill because they didn't understand it and you may have swayed a lot of them to the "right" side of this debate...

I'm proud of you,and all of us...

tnlib said...

It is indeed a time to celebrate. Of course the MSM was up and going this morning with their usual negativity.

Sorry about your tooth. I have to be put to sleep just to get mine cleaned.

kenju said...

AMEN and Ditto!!

Friko said...

Just cam over after hearing the good news to congratulate you.
It will take years to change attitudes and have the reforms accepted as something worth having by all of America.
Our health service here has its faults but I know that, when I am ill, I will be taken care of, for free, without
a moments hesitation.


Looking to the Stars said...

If anyone ever deserved a letter like this, it is you. You kept all of us informed :)

Hope you're doing ok after your root canal.

Paula said...


Thanks for keeping your readers educated on the issues. I'm sure your blog made a difference and changed a few minds.
Hope you got through your root canal without too much difficulty.
What a couple of days you've had, eh?

Rummuser said...

Congratulations Darlene. I know how much this meant to you and you fully deserve to celebrate.

Tabor said...

It still boggles my mind that the media has been able to persuade Americans that we should not help one another. To fear that the majority are freeloaders just waiting to take us to socialistic destruction. I guess it is the chemicals ingested in pre-processed food!

Darlene said...

*Tabor - Maybe it's something in the water. ;-)

Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Health care is a right - not a privilege. It took us two-and-a-third centuries to acknowledge this truth. Better late than never, huh? Here's to you, Mr. President!


janinsanfran said...

I was very moved by what you wrote about HCR in comments at Ronni's blog this morning: summarized baldly as, I'm willing to see a little less for me if everyone can get better coverage, including your daughter.

If more of us could find that generosity in us, it would be easier to make this a better country.

Darlene said...

*Tom Degan's Daily Rant- I have always thought that it should be as much a right as food or shelter. Thank you, Tom.

*Janinsanfran - Amen !!