Many presidents and congresses have tried and failed to reform our healthcare system and the result is the broken system we have now. It should now be clear that if we fail this time it will be at least another decade and quite possibly another generation before we have another chance.
The bill that comes out of the House/Senate conference committee will undoubtedly be flawed. It will not have bipartisan support. That’s a shame, but it will still be a large improvement on what we have now. If you’re not convinced, read this or this.
This bill will need 60 votes in the Senate to pass and that’s exactly what we have. So Martha Coakley’s vote is needed to pass this. There’s a reason Ted Kennedy was elected to term after term in the Senate. It’s because his values matched those of the majority of Bay Staters and he fought for those values. Martha Coakley will fight for those same values. Scott Brown will not. It’s as simple as that.