Dear Pulse Readers,
We’d planned to take the day off, it being Christmas and all–and then a historic Christmas Eve Senate vote gave us second thoughts.
When the Obama administration arrived in Washington this past January it occurred to me that Pulse might have arrived on the scene too late. Once health reform came into being, “the heart of medicine” wouldn’t ache quite so much. Maybe Pulse would become superfluous–like an offer of two aspirin after the headache’s gone away.
I needn’t have worried.
The healthcare reform bill that passed the Senate on Christmas Eve may be, as some say, a first step of historic proportions–a holiday gift for our nation, including some 31 million uninsured it promises to deliver access to. And yet one wonders, as others have pointed out, whether the real gift recipients won’t be the same crowd who’ve made our health system so complicated, expensive and ineffective in the first place.
Is the current legislation a historic promise of health care for all? Or a guarantee of prosperity to those who’ve mucked things up so badly?
One thing seems clear: the most meaningful health reform …