Nicholas Lemann, writing at The New Yorker, has a nice piece on the larger stakes involved in the health care fight. Even conservatives may find themselves agreeing with a lot of the analysis if not the sentiment. But I was struck by this paragraph near the end, in which Lemann summarized the potential impact in realistic terms:
“If a health-care bill passes this fall, it will be full of compromises: departures from liberal ideals, and fudges about how much it will cost. But anybody who stops fighting for it now is going to spend years repenting. As long as Congress passes, and Obama signs, a law that embodies the principle of universal, government-guaranteed coverage, the country will have achieved an enormous, and previously elusive, advance.”
That’s really what this is all about, for all sides in the debate. The details of the bill matter less than the national commitment it would represent.