Obama: "The Senate and the House bills are 95 percent identical. There's 5 percent differences, and one of those differences is the public option. But this is an area that has just become symbolic of a lot of ideological fights."
Children's needs must be a priority as we approach the next debates in Congress. Not only is it our moral obligation as adults to speak up for children, who cannot speak up for themselves, but it is our civic duty.
Discriminatory and ruinously expensive, our health care system is an affront to those with a capacity for moral outrage or a sense of social responsibility. Lacking either one or the other, Obama abandoned his pledges to voters.
The lie that health care reform would hurt rural communities has been one to which progressives and moderates have been slow to respond, perhaps because there have been so many myths and distortions to keep us busy.
What makes the president's actions during the health care debate disturbing is their common thread: If he has values, he doesn't want to talk about them, and it's hard to find many he isn't willing to give up.