Thursday, September 10, 2009
Last night was multimedia night for us
On the tevee,President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress, while at exactly the same time, on the computer (espn360.com), 17-year-old Melanie Oudin of Marietta, Ga. tried to extend her miraculous run into the semifinals of the U.S. Open. That was not to be. President Obama fared a lot better. The early polls showed a significant jump in support for his health care reform program after the speech. He spoke with conviction and some passion. It made him a lightning rod for the crazies. A Republican congressman thre protocol out the window and shouted "liar!" at the president of the united States in a joint session of Congress. He must have thought he was in one of those town hall meetings...
As for me, I would have preferred single-payer. If not that, I would have preferred a strong public option, and even if we get a public option, it's not likely to be strong. But in the end, I don't care. I think it's important to seize this moment and pass universal coverage that doesn't let insurance companies deny coverage for pre-existing conditions and other lame pretexts for profit maximization. It's time to pass what our very imperfect Congress has cobbled together. It's far from perfect, but we can fix it later. Meanwhile, any kind of universal coverage will be better than the horrible mess we have today that is rapidly falling apart. It looks like Obama will be able to get us there. Let's do it!