Through High Drama - Health Care Reform Passes
"The bill is passed," declared Nancy Pelosi from the pulpit.
Cheers on one side, jeers on the other.
"Kill the bill. Kill the bill," shouts were heard from protesters on the streets.
"Historic" reads a headline in the Los Angeles Times.
But have the democrats committed "assisted suicide," as a New York Post headline says? Health care reform may have passed, but the bitterness lingers on.
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said, "The American people didn't vote yesterday, the Democratic party did."
Passions are still running high on both sides. Someone actually yelled the "n"-word at congressman John Lewis on the Capitol steps. Another spit on representative Emanuel Cleaver. You could see him pointing at the spitter, saying "You spit on me!"
Whoopi Goldberg said on The View, "I'm sorry, but you can't spit on someone because you're pissed at them!"
Openly gay congressman Barney Frank was in the hallway when somebody shouted a homophobic insult at him.
Plywood covers the window of New York Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter's office after a brick was hurled at it. And people shouted "Baby killer" to democrat Bart Stupak on the House floor.
Republican minority leader John Boehner made a passionate last-ditch plea for the bill's defeat, saying, "Can you say it was done openly? Hell no you can't!"
When the health care bill passed late Sunday night by seven votes, democrats chanted "Yes we can!"
So where was first lady Michelle Obama during the high drama in the nation's capital? She escaped to New York with daughters Sasha and Malia for the matinee of the Broadway show, Memphis.
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