If the end product is an imperfect health care reform bill, one that takes too much from the middle class in order to help those even less fortunate, that won't be what some people wanted. But it will be be an improvement.
Those who are critical of Obama need to remember something: health insurance reform is an achievement that has eluded presidents for decades. It's easy to criticize. It's not so easy to actually get things done.
The silver lining, according to many economists who support the Cadillac insurance tax, is that employers will then take the money they're not spending on health care and give it to their workers as wages. That's probably wrong.