President Barack Obama Friday hailed this weekend’s “historic” congressional vote on his health plan as the culmination of a century of struggle, at a euphoric campaign-style rally.
“Right now, we are at the point where we are going to do something historic this weekend,” Obama said, two days before a key House of Representatives vote on his sweeping reform plan.
“The time for reform is right now.” The House was expected to vote on a Senate bill on Sunday and enshrine into law comprehensive health care reform, bringing coverage to 32 million Americans who currently lack insurance. The Senate is then expected to vote on a House-passed package of fixes to the bill which will amend that law.
Fairfax, Virginia, March 19, 2010 (AFP)