Editorial: Victory for America

In the lead-up to the March 2010 pas­sage of what is sure to be­come Pres­id­ent Obama’s leg­acy, the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act, most nor­mal Amer­ic­ans — i.e., Amer­ic­ans who are not mem­bers of Con­gress and who do not have deep hatred for Barack Obama — knew something was ter­ribly wrong with the na­tion’s health care sys­tem.
Mr. Obama did a rot­ten job selling health care re­form to a skep­tic­al na­tion. He should have used his bully pul­pit — the pres­id­ency is sup­posed to be the most power­ful, most in­flu­en­tial po­s­i­tion in the na­tion and much of the free world — to high­light the great parts of the bill. He should have crouched in­to the polit­ic­al gut­ter to verbally bash the con­trari­ans, the naysay­ers, the folks who said Obama­care is so­cial­ism, in­clud­ing right-wing wacko Glenn Beck, who now is selling T-shirts that have a pic­ture of Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the opin­ion up­hold­ing health care re­form, with the word “Cow­ard” be­neath it.
Mr. Obama should have taken to the tele­vi­sion air­waves far more fre­quently to look Amer­ic­ans squarely in the eye and tell them what was in the bill. He should have in­sisted that all of the pro­vi­sions in the bill go in­to ef­fect two years ago, not two years from now, and that il­leg­al ali­ens be in­eligible for free health care.
He didn’t do any of that, but still the law passed, no thanks to Re­pub­lic­ans, and now, tens of mil­lions more Amer­ic­ans will par­ti­cip­ate in, and pay their fair share for, uni­ver­sal health care. That in­cludes the many eld­erly folks in North­east Phil­adelphia who com­prise one of the largest per­cent­ages of seni­or cit­izens in the na­tion, and whose life­line known as Medi­care will only be strengthened.
It’s about time.
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