It seems the Obama administration is willing to compromise with republicans in Congress and give in to the idea of co-op insurance options rather than a public take over. I'm not really sure what this means yet, but it sounds much better than what is currently on the table.
However, in a recent oppinion piece in the New York Times Obama wrote: ""In the coming weeks, the cynics and the naysayers will continue to exploit fear and concerns for political gain," he wrote. "But for all the scare tactics out there, what's truly scary — truly risky — is the prospect of doing nothing."
I disagree with this because doing nothing is better than doing something stupid. Sure the insurance programs we have now may not be ideal for everyone, but other than the 48 million uninsured, it's working pretty well (although not perfect).
However, this imperfect system is better than doing something stupid. And by doing something stupid I mean doing something that "might" cause the country to go bankrupt. At least the threat of disaster is important enough for many Americans, as is evident by all the recent protesters.
And, I must say, in all my life I have never seen people on the right so irate about something that they protested before. So, that in mind, I think it's a good thing for Obama to take these people seriously. If that many people are concerned (52% oppose his current plan), it is a noble idea to set aside the proposal for the time being, and allow the debate to continue in the arena of ideas.
So, for the time being, I have to applaud Obama on his willingness to compromise -- if that is what he is willing to do.