Monday, March 22, 2010


Updated (3:30 p.m.) below.

Just a quick post to say yay for the Americans in getting health care reform legislation passed. By all accounts, it's a big step that's going to make a big difference for a lot of Americans. Hard not to feel influenced by what happened and once again grateful for the health care system we have in this country.

Obama's speech was fairly good and is worth watching. Biden's reactions to Obama make those speeches all the more interesting, even turning them into borderline unpredictable events (will he cry, what's his expression's a study in earnestness).

Nice to see the good guys win a big one.

Update (3:30 p.m.): From a reader in Massachusetts, a reminder that there may be some hurdles and a friendly note for we Canadians:)
Thanks for the post this morning on the U.S.'s healthcare overhaul.  The battle isn't done yet, however.  A few state Attorneys General are already suing to have the law (or parts of it) declared unconstitutional.  The federal circuit courts are generally inclined to give Congress leeway on legislation and rarely strike down major laws.  But the Supreme Court has a slightly conservative bent, and the possibility of another nomination fight this summer could exacerbate the problem.  It's most likely attempts by state governments to boost their own approval ratings.

And also, on behalf of my silly country, I feel like I should apologize for all the anti-Canadian sentiment that gets stirred up in the public debate whenever we talk about things like taxes, marriage equality, and healthcare.  People seem to forget that Canada outranks the U.S. in most rankings of national development.  I think it's hilarious, because the threat is always, "DO YOU WANT US TO BE LIKE CANADA?"  Uh, yes, I do want us to be like Canada.