Health care battle a study in democracy

Health care battle a study in democracy

Democracy isn't about everybody getting along or even everybody being good people. Democracy is about people who disagree profoundly, people who are fanatic, venal, cruel, power hungry, finding a way to solve a problem without killing each other. The resolution comes with compromise, disappointment, triumph in equal doses. Skilled leadership helps. But the country goes on without bloodshed or coup.

That's what we've seen happening in this great health care fight. Democracy at work. It's been, for me, the most enthralling drama I've seen since the Watergate hearings. Maybe, in fact, ever. Here is our process laid bare. What an education.

Priscilla High

Ashland