Steven Pearlstein's candid assessment of the political climate in his Jan. 24 column was refreshing. He's right. Enough of the partisanship: It's time to embrace the opportunity to start a serious debate on health-care reform.That's one eloquent dude. But I think he left out some equally eloquent one-liners. He could have added:
While President Bush's proposal to cover what may be as many as 48 million uninsured leaves many questions unanswered, it is one idea among many that can help us move toward meaningful solutions.
No suggestion is above constructive criticism, but we will never solve our nation's pressing health and long-term financial security problems if we don't start looking beyond partisanship and begin to collectively debate new ideas. Working together, we can accomplish so much. Divided, we will fail.
Director of Media Relations and Strategy
- Reaching out, we will build bridges.
- United, we will succeed.
- Handcuffed to a coffee table, we won't be able to make another martini.
This debate has been going on for many years. If it hasn't yet reached the "serious" stage, it's because AARP is more interested in lining its pockets than it is in actually representing the millions of American retirees.