Groundhog Day for Health Reform

This morning I woke up and went to the same press briefing on health reform that I’ve gone to at least a half dozen times before in the last year. With almost the same cast of characters (sponsored by Families USA and a broad coalition) just begging for passage.  Which got me to feeling like I was living out the plot line of the 1993 Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day.

Photo by Alicia Ault

In that film, Murray’s character realizes that he’s living the same day over and over. At first, it’s very disturbing and causes a bit of an existential crisis for him. But soon he realizes that he can get away with just about anything, because everything will reset back to zero when he wakes up the next morning. So he behaves like a general scalliwag. Eventually, though, he tires of it (it’s more complicated, but you have to see the movie), and he starts using his power to affect the future for good, not evil. In the end, he is redeemed, winning the woman of his dreams.

This week — and for most of the last, say, 7 months or so — Democrats and Republicans in Congress have been acting a little bit as if their actions on health reform will have no long-term consequences — like the “Bad” Bill Murray character.

I’m just wondering if they’ll wake up some time — maybe later this week? — and realize that they could actually use their abilities to do something good.

— Alicia Ault (on Twitter @aliciaault)

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