Healthcare Reform

| December 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

Lots of commentary on healthcare reform today. Suffice it to say that opinion is mixed on Obama’s accomplishment in this area. Looking back, I predict this legislation will be considered a stunning achievement. Yes, it is much less that most liberals want. It’s less than Obama wants. But it is what it is. And what it is is the most significant piece of social welfare legislation since Medicare.

Obama suffers from the size of his original ambition. As we begin to focus on what’s in this bill, you realize that, two years ago, anyone who would have predicted legislation of this kind be enacted into law would have been considered delusional. The Patient Bill of Rights, 30 million more people covered by health insurance, free preventive care, thousands of new community health center, etc., etc. While the left criticizes Obama as to timid, as his change incremental, he’s changing America.

For a more articulate account of Obama’s brilliant first year, check out Jacob Weisberg’s piece in Slate Magazine. It declares Obama’s first year on par with FDR and LBJ. I think he’s right.

Category: Obama, Politics

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