We are giddy this morning in our house. Isaac and I stayed up last night to watch the vote and commentary and both fell asleep trying to find that worry or discomfort others feel about health care reform and just couldn't. We felt nothing but relief and happiness for this wonderful step. Is this bill perfect? No. Not by a long shot. Is it better than starting over and waiting another 50 years for health care reform? ABSOLUTELY. Fix it, amend it, tweak it, whatever. But pass it and make sure that people have health care. Make sure health care companies have something to answer to. I am all for it.
I'm looking forward to friends being able to find coverage with pre-existing conditions and not having to worry so much about finding a "real" job with benefits, but being able to start their own practices without so much worry. I'm looking forward to re-shopping around for my OWN health care without the absolute worry of my pre-existing conditions like we did two years ago. When I think of the worry, the expense and the hoops we had to maneuver just for basic coverage for our family, I want to cry all over again. The year leading up to the move and the year after was spent crying A LOT over the thought that we couldn't get coverage. Now? I'm not so worried. I'm looking forward to having Sammy covered on our plan until he's done with college and can figure out his life. I'm looking forward to Sammy not having to decide between "a real job" and "an arts job" should he want it, solely based on having health care.
But mostly I'm happy for the countless number of people this will help that I don't know, in addition to the masses I do. I'm happy this passed. I'm happy we're doing the right thing. I'm happy MY voice was heard. I'm happy to get this "scary" part behind us so we can all breath a little easier. I'm happy to open my wallet to support those who helped this pass. I'm happy to open my wallet to help with the cost. Yes We Can. Yes We Did. I'm tuning out the haters today and reveling because hope turning to reality is a brilliant, brilliant feeling.
(i'm free, the soup dragons)