Thankfully, health-care reform is law

 

The Republicans are gnashing their teeth because, however they tried, they could not stop the health-care reform bill from becoming law.

First they organized "town meetings" and excited crowds by throwing the bill on the floor. When that didn't work, they decided that the government was going socialist. When that didn't work, they decided the government was going communist. When that didn't work, they decided that a "death panel" was going to kill your grandmother. When that didn't work, they decided to bus in a goon squad to Washington D.C., and spit and use words that brought back the 1960s.

Yet, despite the fact that not one Republican voted for it, health-care reform is the law.

Why? Because within six months, millions of small businesses will receive tax cuts to help them afford health coverage for all their employees; because young people (the group most uninsured) will be allowed coverage until age 26 under their parents' plans; because those who had "pre-existing conditions" will now join a pool of high risk and get insurance; because there will be free preventive care; because insurance companies cannot set an annual limit and drop your health care: because seniors in the drug "donut hole" will see the co-pay eventually disappear; because 32 million uninsured Americans who flooded our emergency rooms will now be able to visit their own physician because they will have health insurance.

The Republicans now are screaming that they will repeal the bill (not doable). They will sue the federal government (sorry; federal law takes precedence over state law).

Finally, kudos to President Obama; to my friend House Speaker Nancy Pelosi' and to South Carolina's Rep. James Clyburn and the Democrats who, with determined effort, made health care a right and no longer a privilege for all Americans.

Lowell Greenbaum

Augusta

(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

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