AEditor’s Note: A common journalistic practice at newspapers and newsmagazines is writing obituaries of well-known people before they, in fact, die. That way, when the day finally comes, newspapers and news magazines can go to press quickly with the obituary. “Go to press” is Old Journalism speak for “post on the Web site.” Keeping with that practice, we’ve drafted an obituary for national healthcare reform below. Please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to submit a passage for inclusion in the final obituary when and if that time comes. fter a lengthy battle with politics, Healthcare Reform, nee ObamaCare, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, after the state of Massachusetts elected Scott Brown, a Republican, to the U.S. Senate, filling the seat held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, a Democrat and longtime supporter of Healthcare Reform. Healthcare Reform was preceded in death by the Roosevelt (Theodore) Plan; the Roosevelt (Franklin Delano) Plan; the Truman Plan; the Kennedy (John F.) Plan; the Johnson Plan; the Nixon Plan; the Carter Plan; and most recently, the Clinton Plan. Survivors include the status quo. An autopsy determined that the cause of death was the economy, though the autopsy uncovered many complications and comorbidities that likely hastened the death of Healthcare Reform. Strong public support of a massive overhaul of the $2.3 trillion healthcare system was lacking because of ongoing concerns over the U.S. economy. Most people were more concerned about getting jobs so they could feed, shelter and clothe their families. They were less interested in spending nearly $1 trillion to provide insurance benefits to uninsured people so they could access the healthcare system. Topping the list of complications and comorbidities were Democratic leaders in Washington, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who were found to have committed three “never events.” One, they failed to recognize and take seriously public opinion, particularly fears about more government intervention in the healthcare system. Two, they failed to quickly galvanize members of their own party around one reform plan and instead were forced to cut sweetheart deals to gain that support. And three, they overreached with massive 2,000-page bills that went well beyond the reforms needed to fix the chronic problems plaguing healthcare. Also on the list of complications and comorbidities were Republican leaders in Washington who successfully painted Healthcare Reform as a government takeover of the entire healthcare system. Other complications and comorbidities included special-interest groups that implanted provisions in the bills favoring their constituencies, effectively watering down the medication needed for an ill healthcare system. Healthcare Reform will be greatly missed by those people who can’t find affordable healthcare insurance benefits. Services for Healthcare Reform will be Jan. 27, at 9 p.m. CT, in Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to your local public hospital. Sign our guestbook at email@example.com.