Rahm Emanuel to The New York Times, 11/10/2009: "Let's be honest. The goal isn't to see whether I can pass this [health care reform] through the executive board of the Brookings Institution. I'm passing it through the United States Congress with people who represent constituents."
If you define "success" as a bill—any bill—you (and by implication, the man you serve) are telling your former colleagues in Congress that they are free to do whatever suits their short-term political convenience. This all but guarantees that their work product will duck the hard issues. In the case of health care, it means that they won't embrace real, guaranteed, and substantial long-term cost reductions throughout the entire system, private as well as public, without which universal coverage will quickly become unsustainable.
William A. Galston, Senior Fellow
The infamous den of useless utopian thinking known as the Brookings Institution