We weren’t surprised to see The New York Times endorse health reform -- not any more than we were to see The Wall Street Journal attack it. But we weren't quite sure where The Washington Post, which has understood the case for reform but been nervous about the cost , would come out. It endorsed reform. Twice in one week. Once on Sunday and once again on Tuesday, thanks to the weekend snowpocalypse which buried DC's weekend papers.
The Post considers a stable financial future for Americans to be a priority, and they believe health reform is a step forward in controlling health care costs. Health reform is going to cost money, but the bill is paid for and it will improve the lives of millions of Americans by providing them with necessary coverage. So even though we’re in a tough place financially as a nation, the benefits of reform outweigh the risk. As the editorial says,
The health reform proposal working its way through Congress represents a major risk, above all to the nation's fiscal well-being. But it also offers a major opportunity for America's fiscal and physical health alike. Depending, of course, on the final shape of legislation, we believe that the risk is worth taking...
[Our judgment] is based also on Mr. Obama's commitments, both to capitalize on the cost-containment potential of the bill and to proceed with more general deficit reduction once health reform is in hand. Given his willingness in his first year to make some tough decisions -- on financial rescue, on Afghanistan -- it seems to us he has earned the benefit of the doubt.