Friday, February 26, 2010

The Day After the Health Care Summit

This morning's newspapers and web sites are full of analyses and reactions to yesterday's dramatic summit on health care reform. In The New York Times, David Herszenhorn says that since Obama did not win over any Republicans, the question is whether he can persuade skittish Democrats to pass the bill on their own. A Times editorial urges the Democrats to pass the legislation, as does Paul Krugman. David Brooks found the summit "Not as Dull as Expected!"

Over at the Washington Post, Ezra Klein says the message of the summit is that Obama has doubled down on health care reform and is committed to pushing for it. The Fix discusses the ways that both parties are spinning the summit. Conservative Michael Gerson and liberal E.J. Dionne offer contrasting views of what emerged from the summit. And in a piece written just before the summit, Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery explore the disagreements that House and Senate Democrats still need to resolve among themselves if the bill is to pass.

In the Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Strassel says that the summit was an unsuccessful attempt by Obama to turn the clock back before the Massachusetts election.

At The New Republic web site, Jonathan Cohn has two posts about why the summit matters and where things should go from here.

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