David B. Grinberg
Mark, your always valuable comments are very much appreciated. You raise numerous excellent points. I especially agree with numbers 3 & 4.
To paraphrase President Kennedy, we choose such endeavors -- like major health care reform -- not because they are easy but because they are hard.
Moreover, as you note, the USA cannot remain highly competitive in the global marketplace when tens of millions of its citizens cannot afford, or lack access, to basic health care. This links a nation's economic health to the physical and mental health of the populace, at least to some degree.
This is an important point that appears to be otherwise lost by obstructionists in Congress -- the "Party of No" -- who simply seek partisan political gain at the expense of the nation's overall socioeconomic pain.