Despite Health Care Mess, There are Points of Agreement
Erstwhile Democratic presidential pollsters Pat Caddell (Carter) and Doug Schoen (Clinton) have penned a piece about the political prospects facing their party amidst the health-care drama. Yet, what caught my attention was their concise summary of the things upon which most everyone agrees:
There are enough Republican and Democratic proposals — such as purchasing insurance across state lines, malpractice reform, incrementally increasing coverage, initiatives to hold down costs, covering preexisting conditions and ensuring portability — that can win bipartisan support. It is not a question of starting over but of taking the best of both parties and presenting that as representative of what we need to do to achieve meaningful reform. Such a proposal could even become a template for the central agenda items for the American people: jobs and economic development.
It’s too bad that the Democrats in charge are hell-bent on reconciling this unpopular omnibus health care plan into existence. If they’d take a step back, they’d see that a popular, bi-partisan approach is there for them. But that would mean admitting (a small) defeat.