Stacks of chairs in the historic St. Saulve Abbey, Montreuil-sur-Mer, France.
"We are bound to disagree, but let's disagree over issues that are real." - US President Barack Obama.
Read the president's New York Times article "Why we need health care reform" here.
Update: Eugene Robinson has a few questions for the president. With saboteurs like Max Baucus and Chuck Grassley supposedly working on health care consensus, frankly, who needs enemies? Best for the president to seize the reins and take charge to get health care reform through Congress.
As Robinson rightly points out:
"Consider the political landscape. Democrats control the White House and both houses of Congress. No matter how disciplined Republicans are in opposing any reforms -- even if Republican objections are accommodated -- they don't have the votes to kill a final bill.
"If conservative "Blue Dog" Democrats are successful in nixing a public health insurance option and watering down other reforms, progressive voters have a right to ask why they went to such trouble to elect Democratic majorities and a Democratic president. But the Senate can still resort to a parliamentary maneuver that would require only 51 votes, rendering most objections irrelevant. Historical trends indicate that it's unlikely the Democrats will expand their majorities in 2010. Politically, therefore, there's not likely to be a better moment for health reform than right now."