Muted triumph. Relief. Unanswered questions. Being in the peculiar position of feeling grateful to the likes of Bart Stupak.
It's hard to find the right words for last night's historic vote on health care reform.
It should have been so much better. But it could have been so much worse.
We were planning to go out last night, to hear some Cajun-Zydeco music. I was reluctant to tear myself away from CNN until passage was all but assured, once Stupak had his moment in the spotlight. Still, I was glad we got home in time to witness the historic vote.
Maybe the best response I heard came from a Slovenian Facebook friend. In response to my status update expressing my relief, he had a single word:
Yes, finally. Finally the United States joins the rest of the civilized world: Most of our neighbors and allies. Small, progressive countries like Slovenia. Other places we might consider "backward" or less "civilized." Certainly, many countries that are far less wealthy do a better job of providing decent health care to all citizens.
Now, at least in priniciple, the United States is on the right track.
Causes Blair Kilpatrick Supports
Louisiana Folk Roots, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Habitat for Humanity/Musician's Village New Orleans, Doctors Without Borders