After 100 years, through nineteen presidents (including two Roosevelts and two Bushes), and countless attempts by over 50 congresses, the United States House of Representatives tonight passed Senate legislation that will overhaul the American health care system and lead to near-universal coverage. The vote was 219 to 212. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law by Tuesday.
More later, but this is indeed a stupendous moment in the history of our nation. The bill doesn't go as far as many would like - there's still a lot of ground to cover - but this is a tremendous first step.
A hearty shout out to my congresswoman, the Speaker of the House herself, Nancy Pelosi. It took a while, but well done.