The polling and politics of health insurance reform

Chart of the Day

Via Jeff Weintraub, why moving forward on health insurance reform looks like a political winner for the President.

And over at the New England Journal of Medicine, Brookings scholar Henry Aaron makes a compelling case for the reconciliation route. His conclusion:

Reformers’ best choice is to embrace the democratic process and attempt to persuade voters that the current legislation is in the national interest. They have 10 months to succeed before the midterm elections. If would-be reformers retreat in the face of current public opinion polls, they will be sent packing in November. Arguably, they will deserve to lose. If they stand up for their genuinely constructive legislation, they can prevail — and will deserve to win.

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