So after a 7 and a half hour confab in Washington both sides still disagree. To quote from Gomer Pyle "Surprise, Surprise, Surprise" Did anyone really think that after this televised meeting that the President would walk out and say "I am swayed by this meeting and have decided to start over", or did anyone think John Boehner would say "The President is so right.. what was I thinking?"
The confab wasn't leading anywhere because the two sides, just like the American public, are split on this issue. Our legislators are really mirroring conversations happening all over this country. Just like my progressive sidekick Sean and I have discussions on this. We agree that this system doesn't work well, can agree on several small pieces of a larger whole, the end result is as different as apples and cheeseburgers.
The two sides are destined to disagree on an issue this divisive. What happens next is the part that will be interesting to me. Will the Democrats go with reconciliation and risk going into the midterm elections?
In the end can either side figure out a way to:
1) Increase the amount of people with healthcare
2) Decrease the cost
3) Keep or even better increase the quality of service
Neither side has convinced me that their plan can do those three things.