Sadly, No! puts the current inflection point in the health care reform debate -- and the stakes involved -- in perspective:
Again, not passing anything at all is a defeat of epic proportions. This cannot be stressed enough. Ask yourself if, in nine months time, when GOP Congressional gains have eliminated the possibility of rebooting HCR for years, you will be happy that at least the Senate bill didn’t pass. Ask yourself the same question, only now it’s 10 or 15 years in the future, and you are toiling away at another long-haul, uphill process towards reform, faced with the same entrenched opposition and the next generation of teabagging nitwits at every turn. Ask yourself how smart you will feel when you turn to your now-grown kid and tell him or her that back in 2009 you helped take HCR through the muck and slime of a year of hell to within inches of the finish line, and got bupkis as a result.
More additional persepctive: 45,000 people die per year because they lack health care insurance.
Further additional perspective: Passing a "scaled back" version will not win you friends among Republicans or provide cover from the Dem base. It'll just make you look weak.