All is well that ends well...
Today, this is Christmas eve, and everything is perfect, if you listen to, watch, or read the French and American media.
Obama can go on holiday : he has won ! The health care reform bill has been approved by the Senate.
President Barack Obama waves as he walks with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha (L) and Malia on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before their departure December 24, 2009. Obama is going to spend Christmas and New Year holidays in Hawaii with his family.REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
What everybody forgets to tell you is that it does not mean the reform has been adopted. It does not mean all Americans are now covered.
Before the bill could be signed into law, the Senate version still has to be reconciled with that of the House of the Representatives, which was passed last month.
And the problem is there are still key differences between the two versions.
(you can read here a good synthesis of these differences :
Moreover, this bill in the Senate has not been approved by a single Republican, and a lot of them are determined to prevent the passage of the bill, in January, when Congress resumes its work.
And finally, the reform is still very unpopular, most Americans do not approve of it.
So if in the next few days, you hear or read that Obama is really a super hero for achieving something many presidents failed to achieve before him, please, do not believe this tale...