One word…compromise:

“This is probably about as close as you can get to universal,” said Paul Ginsburg, an economist who is president of the nonpartisan Center for Studying Health System Change in Washington. “It’s definitely going to be inspiring to other states about how there was this compromise. They found a way to get to a major expansion of coverage that people could agree on. For a conservative Republican, this is individual responsibility. For a Democrat, this is government helping those that need help.”

Yes Virginia, there is a middle ground.

But again…this doesn’t mean that moderates/centrists/reformers believe compromise is the ultimate solution to every problem. But in cases where the health of our nation is at stake, I wish we’d see more stories like this.

And here’s a good point. If every state requires auto insurance, why not health insurance?

Romney said the bill, modeled on the state’s policy of requiring auto insurance, is intended to end an era in which 550,000 people go without insurance and their hospital and doctor visits are paid for in part with public funds.

“We insist that everybody who drives a car has insurance,” Romney said in an interview. “And cars are a lot less expensive than people.”

Interesting. Do you think Romney could run on this issue in 2008 and garner support from the middle?

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