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"This Is What Change Looks Like": Congress Passes Health-Care Reform

Once Rep. Bart Stupak announced he would vote for the Senate version of the health-care reform bill that came before the House, Democrats had their votes.

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He looked as though he might cry. And that's when it hit me that, for all its shortcomings, what a phenomenal achievement this bill is. Republicans were so certain they could defeat it with a toxic brew of lies, fear-mongering and procedural roadblocks. It was to be, per Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., a grand defeat for the president. And truth be told, many progressives believed him. This bill did seem to die a thousand deaths, and there is no small irony in the fact that it took the loss of health-care champion Ted Kennedy's seat -- and with it, the Democratic super-majority -- to get it passed.




Adele M. Stan is AlterNet's Washington bureau chief.