Modest Progress Toward Meaningful Solutions
Health care reform has taken center stage everywhere - from legislative caucuses to editorial pages, cocktail parties, classrooms, late night talk shows, and even the blogosphere. With health care reform bills pending in Congress, we can expect this tend to dominate well into 2010.
As of this writing, the House had passed one health care package and the Senate is in the midst of debate on a separate measure. While many polarizing issues have yet to be resolved, perhaps most surprising is the consistency in concept, if not detail, of the bills.
Health care spending is on a dangerous trajectory that cannot be sustained, and the cost of our health care system has been discussed and debated in Washington, D.C., and every state capitol for years. There is universal recognition that we need to control health care costs, but no agreement on how to accomplish this goal.