It's likely that today will finally be the decisive vote on healthcare reform. Over thirty million Americans currently lack health coverage and a good many more are losing insurance along with their jobs. Beyond this, lots of people who pay for health coverage find their insurance won't compensate them when they need it most, either through rescission or because their illnesses are categorized as pre-existing conditions. The reform bill will address these conditions.
While healthcare reform could have done more to lower costs and provide an affordable public option, the moderate provisions that remain in the bill are still intensely controversial. The resistance to reform has engendered a backlash on the right that has taken to the streets. Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside, two students at Wright State University, produced this terrific coverage of the last Tea Party gathering against healthcare reform in Washington this past week. It's worth a few minutes to check out the sort of sloganeering that's passed for argument in opposition to any serious reform of the system.
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