Today’s Opinions And Editorials
The Emotion of Reform The New York Times
For the Democrats, expanding health care coverage is an emotional hot spot. Over the past year, Democrats have fought passionately for universal coverage (and) there is something morally impressive in the Democrats' passion on this issue. At the same time, it's interesting to compare it to their behavior on other issues in which they have no emotional investment (David Brooks, 3/8).
The Washington Voter-Approved Death With Dignity Act Is Working The Seattle Times
The Washington Death With Dignity Act ... gives qualified, terminally ill adults the right to ask their physicians for life-ending medication the patient may choose to self-administer to bring about a peaceful, humane death. The law also gives medical providers the right not to participate (Rob Miller, 3/7).
How To Do Healthcare Reform And Job-Creation At Same Time The Hill
True healthcare reform could be a massive and immediate job creator in the private sector. And this time, keep it simple (Bob Rice, 3/8).
Can We Please Stop Talking About Reconciliation? Roll Call
Enough about reconciliation. It absolutely doesn't deserve the attention it's receiving. Why is anyone talking so much about a subpart of the Congressional budget process (and a sub-subpart when you add in the Byrd Rule) when the issue that really need to be debated in depth is health care reform (Stan Collender, 3/9).
When 'Reconciliation' Equals Leadership The Washington Post
It was never "supermajority rules," and the presidency was never intended as a weather vane, turning this way and that on the slight breeze of the latest poll. Lead and the people will - or will not - follow. Either way, ram the damn thing, Mr. President. Ram it! (Richard Cohen, 3/9).
Health Reform Passes The Cost Test The Wall Street Journal
Over the past year of debate, 10 broad ideas have been offered for bending the health-care cost curve. The Democrats' proposed legislation incorporates virtually every one of them (David M. Cutler, 3/8).
Why Dems On The Fence Should Support Healthcare Reform The Hill
If health reform fails, all will get tarred with the same brush, the do-nothing, gridlocked Congress. Who does that benefit? Not the Democrats in charge, that is for sure (Peter Fenn, 3/8).