31 million people will be able to go to the doctor. To put that in perspective Iraq has a population of just under 31 million; Australia just under 23 million; Cambodia plus the Netherlands is just about 31 million. Unless you're a rich bastard your taxes won't go up either. How can anyone really be pissed about this legislation? Do you get mad because sick kids won't be denied coverage? Do you get mad because people will be able to stay on their parents insurance until they're 26? You sure can't get mad because we're essentially insurance a country the size of Iraq without your taxes going up while the deficit goes down. People are going to love this shit and are only going to want more.
It'll be a few years until people start to see all of the benefits and that is going to make the next couple years a bit difficult still. So what happens now on the political landscape? Here are my guesses:
2010: A major push for financial regulations begins now that health care is done. Another jobs bill likely before elections.
2010 Midterm Elections: Republicans probably pick up some seats but not as many as people think they will. The thing pundits don't realize is that Americans are fatigued by the bitterness of the health care debate and the perception that Democrats aren't getting anything done. The debate is over and Democrats passed the most important piece of domestic legislation since the 1960's. Change has come even if it wasn't pretty. Democrats retain majorities in the House and Senate although not the overwhelming majorities they currently hold.
2011-12: Education and energy reform start to pick up steam. Don't ask, don't tell will be gone forever. We'll be almost completely out of Iraq aside from some training and diplomatic staff. The economy slowly starts getting better although I doubt unemployment drops below 7%. It'll be a while before we completely recover.
2012: Obama wins again with decisive margins. The guy is just that fucking cool and everyone knows it. Can you imagine some Bush clone beating Mr. Cool? No fucking chance. He can't lose, we can't either.
That's my blueprint and prediction for the overall outline of American politics for the next 3 years. Pretty confident this is what will happen. We deserve to keep going in this direction.