Please go easy on me-I'm somewhat new here (and I am a proud moderate democrat)
Health Care Reform is going to pass. I repeat, HCR will pass. It will be far short of what progressives want. Conservatives will scream government takeover etc. But at the end of the day, Obama is going to achieve what every other president has failed at- reforming our broken healthcare system. Is this reform far from perfect? Of course. But is this Reform the bill that can get through the minefield we call Congress-Yes! And this HCR will bend the cost curve a bit (far from what is needed), and this reform will afford tens of millions of Americans healthcare.
So what is the point of this post? To look back and see what Obama has accomplished over the past year.
- Obama is fighting two wars- intelligently, pulling back from Iraq, and taking care of Afghan., so that we can wind down those wars ASAP (God-willing). A smart foreign policy. The damage that Bush has done is being turned around, thanks to Clinton and Obama-no small feat.
- We were on the brink of a Depression. Obama steered America clear of catastrophe. Why he isn't getting more credit for that, I don't know. But our country, and the world, was on the close a total collapse and thanks t Obama's leadership, this has been avoided.
- Economy- Obama inherited this sinking ship. Stimulus/jobs bill are working. Economy slowly turning around.
- HCR-It is simply unbelievable that HCR is going to be achieved.
In summary, (assuming HCR WILL pass) in his first year or two, President Obama will have several substantial and long lasting accomplishment. That is Change we can believe in.