Will Special Interests Stymie Health-Care Reform?

The debate over health reform is a case study of how special interests trump the common good

Photo-illustration by Stephen Kroninger for TIME

"Sometimes I get a little frustrated," Barack Obama admitted to AARP in late July, "because this is one of those situations where it's so obvious that the system we have isn't working well for too many people, and that we could just be doing better." He was talking about health care, of course. As Washington collapsed toward its August recess, the President's reform efforts were looking distinctly iffy, even though he is absolutely right about the need for change. The system is a fiscal mess, the king of all budget busters. It is also a moral mess, leaving far too many...

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