Deliberations and Deliberateness
This week's question is outside of my own expertise, so I am only weighing in as an optimist. While I respect the need to maintain momentum and prevent ourselves from being distracted from this important domestic agenda item, I can not help but wonder whether a brief delay could be a good thing. Our elected officials have made health care reform (in its full meaning) a major priority; and there is little doubt that thousands of hours of real work has been incorporated, thus far; But getting the details right and building a true bipartisan base of support should be equally important.
If this bill cannot be bipartisan as it stands now, then the extra time will still have been useful in demonstrating that the opposition is obstructive rather than merely looking out for our nation's best long-term interests. There is such strong consensus that health care delivery and insurance-coverage is broken and headed in the wrong direction: it just seems impossible that we can not generate full support for positive change, once we get the details right.
July 28, 2009; 1:05 AM ET
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