So, unless you’re living under a rock, you’ll know that the US has voted to approve the Health-care bill. Of course, the Republicans voted for an amendment, particularly to the section dealing with abortions, soon after.
But, the fact that they passed the Bill, if by a small margin, means that President Obama has come through. He is now the first U.S. president to successfully push a health care reform through.
Months ago, many predicted that the failure of the health-care bill would be the death of Obama’s presidency; a presidency many have tried to dismiss as ineffective and weak.
I have tried not to follow American politics, but it’s entertainment, even if it is sad to watch. The Republican opposition tried everything from drawing on the Constitution to measure the legality of the Bill, to accusing the Democrats of being baby killers. The partisan politics, the utter lack of respect and the lies are frustrating but the biggest storm appears to be over now.
Well, the Bill has passed.
What does this mean for Americans? I have yet to figure it out. It’s not universal health-care. There are still aspects of the Bill that are not ironed out. It does make insurance mandatory, force insurance companies to lower cost and expands on medicare coverage to those who can’t afford it.
The Bill won’t come into effect until 2018, but until then victory is President Obama’s to claim.