Sarah Palin may have the headlines.
But Harry Reid has a health-care reform bill, and it is advancing. Indeed, with Saturday night’s 60-39 Senate vote to open a historic debate on the measure, the movement humanize America’s healthcare system — which began almost 70 years ago — is closer to a congressional breakthrough than at any time in its history.
“Ted would be happy,” Reid said Saturday night, invoking the name of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, who spent a political lifetime championing health care reform.
“We have the momentum that is going to keep this process moving,” added Reid, who declared, “Now is the time to make sure all Americans have access to affordable healthcare.”
No, this does not mean that healthcare reform is inevitable, or that what may be achieved will be sufficient. Saturday night’s vote was merely a first step — and a procedural one at that.
But it does mean that the anti-reformers — who take their marching orders from Palin’s Facebook page and Twittering — are having hard time preventing progress.
It is not for lack of effort, mind you.
Palin made a game effort on Saturday to block the Senate consideration of the Reid’s reform measure.
The most talked about Republican of the moment took time from her Going Rogue book tour used her Twitter account to issue a call to arms to the nine percent of Americans who tell pollsters they want her to lead the country:
Thot I’d stick w tour news on Twitter but can’t help digress: Call senators! Tell ’em KILL THE BILL tonite;horrible govt healthcare takeover
Senate healthcare takeover debate begins in an hour. Pls call senators if u care about another 1/6th of our economy swallowed up by Big Govt
But, while Palin and the death-panel fabulists who would follow her off any cliff may be getting most of the media attention these days, they for an old, not-exactly “camera-ready” legislator named Harry Reid.
Palin and her enraged Republican spent the last week ranting and raving about the perils of public programs. And everyone from Oprah Winfrey to the Sean Hannity tuned in.