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“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ... must per­suade her rank and file to swal­low the Se­nate ver­sion of the health­care bill and take it on faith that any ob­jec­tions will be mol­li­fied in a sub­se­quent ‘rec­on­cil­i­a­tion” bill. ... In­stead of wor­ry­ing about how a health­care vote might play in their cam­paigns, Democrats should get a back­bone. This is a once-in-a-gen­er­a­tion op­por­tu­nity, and it is worth los­ing an elec­tion over. If Democrats can’t pro­duce a health­care bill, many of their sup­port­ers will ask with am­ple jus­ti­fi­ca­tion: ‘Why does it mat­ter which party is in charge?’ Pelosi needs to seize this mo­ment and show that it does.”

—Sacra­mento (Calif.) Bee “If re­form is de­feated, it seems likely that most of the pro­posed ex­per­i­ments de­signed to cut costs—first within Medi­care and then through­out the rest of the health­care sys­tem—will die as well. The leg­is­la­tion needs to be passed to es­tab­lish a struc­ture to force con­tin­u­ing im­prove­ment over the years. That is the best chance of re­strain­ing soar­ing med­i­cal costs that threaten the sol­vency of fam­i­lies, busi­nesses and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.”

—NewYorkTimes

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