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Andy Stern
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Andy Stern

Andy Stern is president of the two-million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in North America.

Some Don't Want Reform

I think it is premature to determine that an effort to reform a failing health care system is stalled.

First, everyone recognizes that the cost of doing nothing will mean most Americans will see their costs double in the next 10 years, if not sooner. The majorities in Congress want something done, as do Americans who cannot afford the costs or the insecurity of the current system. This is far different from 1993.

It is time for steady leadership, continued congressional interactions, and a strong push to get things done now. This is not the time for putting your foot on the brake rather than the gas.

It will soon be time for the president to acknowledge that despite heroic efforts by Senator Baucus in the Senate, and others in the House, that most Republicans' and some Democrats do not want real reform. That they are putting their political life ahead of the lives of Americans who are ill, in pain, and scared about their future, and their selfish attitude needs to be confronted and called out.

This is not a political moment, but an American one. It is a test for our country whether we can move into the 21st century and confront the problems we face in a new global economy.

President Obama should keep pushing strongly for what is right; it is what people expected of him when he won the election, and it is why so many believe in his Presidency.

By Andy Stern

 |  July 27, 2009; 12:39 PM ET
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