US House of Representatives passes healthcare reform bill
It passed 220 to 215, which isn't much, but it's enough. It's nice to see that American politicians can do the right thing, as much as ours here in the UK are making things go tits-up again.
The thing that amuses me the most is the quote from Republican (but of course) Candice Miller:
"We are going to have a complete government takeover of our healthcare system faster than you can say `this is making me sick'."
And? What's so worrying about that? Works for, oh, I dunno- most of Western Europe. Then again, we also have gay marriage, higher education that doesn't cost 20K a year, secular society and occasional appearances from politicians who are actually left-wing. These are things that make Republicans shit their pants and tell their voters that Europe is full of godless Commie bastards who teach evolution, safe sex and fag-enabling in schools.
I mean, Europe is like that, but I like it this way.
Anyway, the bill is now off to the Senate, and hopefully it'll become law soon. It's not exactly a healthcare system yet, but it's a start. Good luck Americans, you guys deserve affordable medical bills- or none at all, but compromise will do for now.