All of this frustrating back-and-forth while problems grow ultimately leads me to a positive outlook for meaningful healthcare reform—eventually. Perhaps Democrats will move toward a group of solutions that include good ideas from the other side of the aisle.
Here are some ideas for our representatives:
When a momentous election loss like Coakley's happens and throws a wrench into what many of us thought was a done deal, it reminds me of what Winston Churchill said about Americans while Great Britain was the only bulwark against Nazi Germany and hoping for American intervention: "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing after they've tried everything else."
At the risk of sounding trite, here's why I'm optimistic about healthcare reform: We've already tried just about everything else.