President Obama at the Organizing for America Health Reform Forum 8/19/09
Flickr Photo by Barack Obama
America finally made it. On Sunday night, a health care reconciliation bill with student loan reforms attached passed in the House and Senate with a 219-212 vote and President Obama came out to make a statement and declare "government still works for the people."
Obama added, "We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things." He stated proudly, "This is what change looks like."
The president was correct when he said that. Unfortunately, this is indeed what change looks like.
The beginning, middle, and end of this process leaves an indelible mark in the records and provides an example of what any meaningful reforms or proposed radical changes dealing with issues will face in the future.
The finish shows us all that in the closing moments of a process, which could ultimately be derailed, those with the most idealism and passion for humanity will be persuaded, cajoled, pressured, and browbeaten until they fall into line and vote for a corporate interpretation of reform Americans are told to believe is for the people.