A few minutes ago, the House of Representatives passed landmark health reform, perhaps the most important piece of domestic policy legislation in a generation.
The feat is all the more impressive given the scorched earth tactics the Right Wing has used to try to derail it. Even yesterday, Democratic Congressmen faced racist and homophobic slurs for supporting the legislation, and this evening Congressman Bart Stupak (no friend to a woman’s constitutional right to reproductive choice) was called a "baby killer" by a Republican Representative for supporting the bill.
But in the end, health care reform passed: a major accomplishment for Congress and an important plank of President Obama’s platform realized.
The moral: standing up for your agenda pays off. The GOP made clear that there was virtually nothing they wouldn’t do to stop reform, but by powering through Republican obstruction, Democrats were able to score a major win for themselves and for the American people.
Now that this victory is under Congress’s belt, we look forward to pushing past other instances of GOP obstruction.