The tragedy isn’t that American health care provision is going to be reformed by government mandate, it’s that reform was needed.The tragedy isn’t that American health care provision is going to be reformed by government mandate, it’s that we needed another mandate.
The President was breaking new ground by making his bipartisan rhetoric seem realistic. Change I can believe in? I’m not sure. But it at least let me hope.
I’d recommend Fallows’s annotated SOTU to any interested parties.
His agenda is worthwhile. His speaking style was lighter—almost relaxed and engaging at times. His rhetorical vision was grand, generous and participatory. His message was spiteful, dismissive and partisan.
I’d like to lay out for you a series of carefully-crafted arguments about the health care reform bill. Instead, you get a numbered list. It’s better than nothing, right?