Health care overhaul is step in right direction

By Andrew Villeneuve

2010-03-25 23:54:11

After a year of fierce debate and wrangling, Congress has finally done something that many of the people who cover politics for a living in New York and Washington, D.C. have been telling the country had little chance of happening: it sent the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

The legislation, which ultimately passed without a single Republican vote, is designed to gradually provide coverage to millions of uninsured Americans and better protection for those who already have insurance. The right wing has attacked the bill as a “government takeover of health care,” but that’s laughable. A real “government takeover” would be the creation of a single payer health care system that doesn’t leave any American out in the cold. Other wealthy nations have managed to provide universal coverage to their citizens ... and their standard of living is higher than that of the United States as a result.

We’re still playing catch-up.

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