Following a long presidential campaign full of policy battles and disagreements, progressives have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. Here are 10 things we can all celebrate:
We are thankful for the millions of Americans serving our country at home and abroad.This includes 1.4 million Armed Services members, 80,000 AmeriCorps members, and 8,073 Peace Corps volunteers and trainees, 6 million teachers and public school employees, 1.1 million professional and volunteer firefighters, and22 milliontotal public employees.
We’re thankful for Obamacare.After surviving dozens of repeal votes in Congress, the Supreme Court, and a presidential election, the Affordable Care Act is on track to extending insurance coverage to 30 million Americans and lowering health care spending. Millions ofseniorsand young people have benefited from the law and inefficient insurers are distributing rebates to consumers.
We’re thankful for the social safety net.Nutrition assistance, welfare, unemployment compensation, Social Security, and other social programskeep millions of Americans out of poverty each year. Though the programs aren’t as robust as they could be, they help provide food, health care, and educational opportunity to America’s neediest families.