While out of town and away from my computer this past weekend, health care reform finally passed through the U.S. House of Representatives. This is such excellent news for all Americans who have ever had to struggle to pay a medical bill or missed treatment because they didn't have insurance.
Even better news, the Fifth District's own Tom Perriello voted in favor of the legislation. A strong public option and new protections for consumers could have huge payoffs for Southside residents who have lost their jobs or can't afford their current health care coverage. Predictably, the Right is already coming after him for this vote, and today's news that Chris LaCivita (of Swift Boat fame) will be joining Robert Hurt's staff as campaign manager, is just one more indicator of how dirty they plan to play against Tom. Be ready to fight back hard.