While important I refuse to call this meeting a "summit," since Democratic and Republican politicians squabbling simply does not reach the heights of two nuclear powers tensely sitting down to talk about missiles.
There are two yardsticks for success. The first is to actually get something done, and get something passed; the other, to position the Democrats politically for the midterms, whether a bill gets passed or not.
The Finance Committee's proposal would impose a tax on employer-sponsored insurance for plans with costs above $21,000 for a family. In Colorado, the average annual premium cost was $11,952 for a family.
Without the public option, the truth is that we have a bill that might cost the government less, but costs consumers more. The public option will create the competition needed to drive down prices of private insurance.
"Much has been given" to those Americans at the pinnacle of wealth. So it is only fair that "much will be required" when it comes to helping pay for health insurance for those who can't otherwise afford it.
This is the fork in the road for the Senate's Democratic leaders: they must choose between the tort lawyers and a health care bill that could re-unite a country that has turned against the present bill.
The most powerful people in the health care debate right now can be found on the 4th floor of the Ford House Office Building, a nondescript WPA government structure once used by the FBI to store fingerprint records.