While this might seem like a victory, no one should fool themselves into thinking the fight for Health Care Reform is over. The Senate will still need to deal with the Reconciliation fixes and we, the people, will need to stay on them to help the Senate Democrats push through the many road blocks that Mr. McConnell and his cohorts will try to throw up in the way of starting to fix America's broken health care system.
I wish that I was as optimistic as Charles Krauthammer is pessimistic when he disparagingly remarks that this is the start of nationalized health care for this country. If only we were fortunate enough to have a nationalized health care system that doesn't worry about CEO profits and compensation but instead, focuses on the health and wellbeing of the people of this country. We have begun to change the health care system but we have so much further to go, so keep calling your Senators, and your House Representatives and thank the ones that have stuck by this and chastise those who have not.
It is also important to note that as the Republicans and 30+ Democrats vote against the Reconciliation bill that fixes many of the problems of the Senate bill (Cornhusker kickback, Louisiana purchase, Gator Aid) they are in essence voting FOR those things that they criticized. Sadly, not enough of the hollow talking heads on Cable News will take these politicians to task for voting for these things they cried foul about just last week. Such is politics.