This is why we elected him. If President Obama does nothing else during his time in office, the passage of health care reform will stand as a major, lasting achievement. Within the first year of his presidency, Obama has realized the decades-long, primary domestic goal of the Democratic Party: to make health care more affordable and available for the American people. This bill stands with civil rights legislation, Social Security and Medicare as a landmark advance that will affect every American for the better. Rare is the president who makes such a difference.
Special mention must be made of the determination and perseverance of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who refused to give up after the victory of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, rebuffed Rahm Emanuel's idea of limited reform, exchanged assurances with the president that they would stand together and rounded up the votes.
After seeming at times detached from the battle and vague about his vision, Obama rallied the party when it mattered, especially in the face of total Republican obstruction, and courageously put his entire political capital on the line. He came back from the brink and proved completely worthy of his campaign slogan "Yes We Can."