Don’t send the stonemasons to carve President Obama’s image on Mount Rushmore until he and the Congress deliver more on healthcare cost control. Congress could have saved the country a lot of stomach acid by reforming health care before a sense of urgency led to mistakes, but there wasn’t sufficient interest to run the political gauntlet. Now that the Democrats have passed the plan—and the President delivered on his top domestic policy promise—the only realistic approach is to make it work and improve it. At its heart, the reform measure consists of taxes and penalties designed to pay for and
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