Cleaning Up the Health Care Bill

Why Washington Post writer Eugene Robinson thinks the health care bill is a "glorious mess."

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"This is what change looks like," President Obama said after succeeding where Bill Clinton, Lyndon Johnson and Harry Truman failed. On Sunday, as comprehensive health-care reform was becoming a reality, some people couldn't bear what they saw.

By early afternoon, Tea Party demonstrators had assembled on the grounds outside the Capitol and begun their familiar chant, "Kill the bill!" There were the usual placards about socialism, tyranny and the perceived threat to all that is good and true. The movement claims to have African American and Hispanic followers; maybe it does, but I didn't see them.

A smaller, more diverse group had gathered nearby to demonstrate in support of the health-care legislation. Organizers said they put the rally together overnight to show that rejectionists weren't the only Americans with strong feelings about the issue.


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