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.
Laws to repeal the anti-trust exemption for health insurance have been introduced in every Congress for many years. The industry has fought back every time and nothing was ever really accomplished -- until now.
Trial lawyers are a widely-despised lobby. Yet courts remain the only way individual Americans can redress grievances against the rich and powerful; they are a great leveler, and limits have had perverse effects.
We are not in a room crafting health care legislation, so we have to rely on the words of those we elected to public office to truthfully tell us what they say, and how which bill will best benefit our lives.