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December 25, 2009

米上院で医療保険改革法案が可決

米上院は米国民に素晴らしいクリスマスプレゼントをしたようだ。

ロイター 米上院が医療保険改革法案を可決
http://jp.reuters.com/article/topNews/idJPJAPAN-13101420091224

  採決は60対39と党派に沿った結果となった。下院は11月7日に独自法案を可決しており、1月から一本化作業に入る。
  オバマ大統領は「上下両院で改革法案が可決されたことで、意味のある本物の医療保険改革に関する約束を果たす用意がついに整った。われわれの課題は仕事をやり遂げることだ」と述べた。
  法案は一本化の後、再び両院で可決される必要があるが、共和党側は成立阻止を目指す構えを崩していない。
  医療改革法案はオバマ政権の最重要課題であり、1965年のメディケア(高齢者向け公的医療保険)創設以来の大規模な改革となる。

NYT Senate Passes Health Care Overhaul on Party-Line Vote
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/25/health/policy/25health.html

WAPO Senate approves landmark health-care bill
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/24/AR2009122400662.html

政権の最重要課題であった医療保険改革法案が通過した。60対39だから、リーバーマンなどの民主党寄り独立系含め票数どおりである。つまり異例のクリスマスイブの投票に、誰一人欠席しなかったのだ。92歳のByrd上院議員も出席した。彼は「これは友人のテッド・ケネディのためだ」と言って「Aye(賛成)」と言ったそうだ。ケネディは最後のオバマへの手紙でこう書いていた。「その日が来るとき、私はそこにいないだろうが、君は偉大な医療保険改革法に長いサインを書く大統領となるだろう」

WAPO Washington Sketch: During Senate health-care vote, Ted Kennedy is gone -- but far from forgotten
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/24/AR2009122402395.html

The president pro tempore of the Senate, 92-year-old Robert Byrd, shot his finger into the air to signal his "aye" vote.

That was very much the story of the massive health-care legislation that finally cleared the chamber early Thursday morning. Though Kennedy died in August of brain cancer at age 77, the longtime senator from Massachusetts remained the Democrats' spiritual floor leader.

More than anything, it was his memory, and his final exhortation, that allowed the Senate Democrats to overcome considerable differences between moderates and liberals in drafting a compromise. President Obama, in his address to Congress in September, read from a letter Kennedy had written as he neared death, saying he was "confident in these closing days that while I will not be there when it happens, you will be the president who at long last signs into law the health-care reform that is the great unfinished business of our society."

ちょっと感傷的に言えば、ケネディが最後に、一つの穴を開けたんだと思う。まだ終わったわけじゃないけど。

ホワイトハウス
Another Tremendous Step Forward for Health Insurance Reform
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009/12/24/another-tremendous-step-forward

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