The United States House of Representatives voted last night to change the way Americans obtain medical services. As a bonus, the congressmen voted to change the way we pay for medical services. In addition, the legislation allows for another 30 million Americans to see a doctor every now and then. The vote was 219 to 212 with no republicans voting "yes".
This, after a year-long struggle marked by partisan bickering, tea party antics and non-stop TV coverage. It was painful to watch but impossible to ignore. Liberal and progressive democrats pushed for the legislation but many would have preferred a public option in the final bill. Republicans just voted no. All of them no, all of the time. Conservative pundits took criticism of the administration and other non-conservatives to new levels of sleaze. We should be glad it's over.
Liberals and progressives should be feeling pretty good right now. They've accomplished what many others tried to achieve for over 50 years. Was it O'bama's leadership? The majorities in both houses of congress? Was it the fact that liberals are just a lot smarter than conservatives? New research suggests that liberals may actually be much smarter and more evolved than conservatives.
According to one evolutionary psychologist at The London School of Economics - "Liberals and atheists are further along the evolutionary scale than conservatives and religious believers." It's just that today's more intelligent people are more likely to adopt social values and behaviors that are relatively new to human life - liberalism, atheism, staying up late, and (for men) monogamy.
According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Kevin Horrigan appearing in the Denver Post, "Satoshi Kanazawa, writing in Social Psychology Quarterly, suggests that smart people's brains are better adapted to dealing with change. He writes, "evolutionary theory suggests that more intelligent individuals may be more likely to acquire and espouse evolutionarily novel values and preferences (such as liberalism and atheism and, for men, sexual exclusivity) than less intelligent individuals."
So....Whether you're dumb as a conservative fencepost or brilliant as a liberal atheist - we all just got the change we hoped for - health care reform .