Apparently many people are weighing in on the topic du jour. Here's an op-ed in the Washington Post from VIckie Kennedy, who says: "Still, Ted knew that accomplishing reform would be difficult. If it were easy, he told me, it would have been done a long time ago. He predicted that as the Senate got closer to a vote, compromises would be necessary, coalitions would falter and many ardent supporters of reform would want to walk away. He hoped that they wouldn't do so. He knew from experience, he told me, that this kind of opportunity to enact health-care reform wouldn't arise again for a generation"
VP Joe Biden has one in the New York Times. Biden: "If I were still a United States senator, I would not only vote yes on the current health care reform bill, I would do so with the sure knowledge that I was casting one of the most historic votes of my 36 years in the Senate. I would vote yes knowing that the bill represents the culmination of a struggle begun by Theodore Roosevelt nearly a century ago to make health care reform a reality. And while it does not contain every measure President Obama and I wanted, I would vote yes for this bill certain that it includes the fundamental, essential change that opponents of reform have resisted for generations."
Finally, although it would be a complicated task, I'd be willing to bet money that there's a team of Wal-Mart executives meeting this week trying to figure out if there's a place in the health insurance business for them. With virtually every American compelled by law to buy insurance, it's going to be big business for the indefinite future. While it would still have to work through every state's laws, if they could put together some sort of semi-national, low cost plan--doing for health insurance what they did for meds with their low-cost generics, basically--they could create a de facto public option that would earn them a small profit and, like their drug plan, haul yet more consumers through their doors to be tempted by cheap, Chinese-made crap.
It might almost be worth going to Wal-Mart for.