Health reform is a test of whether this country can function once again as a civil society -- whether we can trust ourselves to embrace the big, important changes that require everyone to give up something in order to make everyone better off. Republican leaders are eager to see us fail that test.
It's quite well-said, but to anyone paying attention, it isn't news. What makes it news is that this is no Communist infiltrator, Islamic terrorist, or aging hippie--probably not even a Democrat--who's speaking here: It's Stephen Pearlstein, the business columnist for the Washington Post. You really don't get much more establishment than that.
"Republican leaders are eager to see us fail that test." Everyone in the Obama White House, everyone in the congressional Democratic leadership, everyone who hosts a Sunday talking-heads show--they should have that reverse-tattooed onto their foreheads so that each time they look in the mirror during the month of August they'll be reminded.
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