Love it or hate it, we agree with what Vice President Joe Biden said after introducing President Obama at this morning's historic health care reform bill signing. This is a big deal. (You can watch the video below, but Biden thinks it's a really big deal.)
Both Montana senators released statements supporting the legislation. Max Baucus, a key component of the debate for years, said, "After nearly a century of attempts and close to two years of effort, we have finally passed meaningful health care reform." Then he went all speech-y: "Tonight, a parent in Glasgow can sleep well knowing insurance companies won’t be able to deny their child coverage, or rip it away when they need it most. Tonight, a senior in Sidney can sleep well knowing that soon they won’t have to choose between food or prescription drugs. Tonight, a small business owner in Hamilton can sleep well knowing that providing well deserved benefits for hard-working employees won’t decimate their bottom line. It is a new day in America. A day that Presidents from Roosevelt to Clinton had worked to accomplish. A day that families saddled with medical debt have dreamed would happen. Working together we have been able to achieve health care reform to help put our fiscal house in order and provide a cornerstone for generations to build on.”
Tester kept it simple. "Montana families, small businesses and most importantly, our kids and grandkids, can’t afford Congress doing nothing," he said. "Doing nothing to fix health insurance and control costs has broken too many families.”
Rep. Denny Rehberg, who voted against the measure with fellow Republicans, felt a little differently about today's historic bill signing. "The House of Representatives today failed to heed the public outcry against this bill," he said. "I support true reform that would lower the cost of health care. Merely shifting the cost from the patient to the taxpayer isn't a solution; they're the same person."