Why Health Reform Will Happen—And Why It Won't

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2009 6:02 PM CDT
Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., the ranking Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee moves copies of the health care reform bill.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – With the Obama administration stepping up its push for health-care reform, Mark Halperin, in Time, lists five reasons why it will, and won't, get done. The pros:

  • The industry is "still on board."
  • "Barack Obama doesn't fail too often."
  • It's a must-win for the entire White House agenda.
  • Congressional Democrats are "remarkably united" on the issue.
  • There's enough big-name Republicans who want a deal.

The cons:

  • The job is too big to do without "genuine bipartisan support."
  • Necessary compromise will bring something "well short of universal coverage."
  • "The public is not demanding action."
  • It's just not worth it for Dems worried about reelection.
  • "Most journalists still have health insurance."