Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly writes a compelling piece on health care reform strategy here. The current Senate bill isn't great (it's barely even good), but the reality is that it *is* better than the status quo. Personally I'd love to see universal coverage, but that's not going to happen right now and change is needed.
From Mr. Benen's "memo";
The reasons that made health care reform an absolute necessity two weeks ago were not changed by a narrow majority of special-election voters in Massachusetts — many of whose Republican and independent voters support their own state's version of what congressional Democrats seek to do.
For all the media interest in political strategies, polls, and attack ads, the health care system remains badly broken. The reform package approved in December by the Senate would not only be the most important domestic policy breakthrough in decades, it would quite literally save American lives.
Seriously, go read the whole thing, I couldn't agree more. h/t to Balloon Juice.