"It's never a contest when the interests of big business are pitted against the public interest," Bob Herbert laments. "So if we manage to get health care 'reform' this time around it will be the kind of reform that benefits the very people who have given us a failed system, and thus made reform so necessary."
Richard Cohen compares Sarah Palin's "demagoguery" on health care reform to McCarthyism.
"The fate of a government-run public health insurance option will be an early test of" President Obama's "ability to end the way Washington's big-money, special-interest politics suffocates true reform," Eugene Robinson charges.
"Despite the president's history as a community organizer, his style as president is to tamp down popular protest, not rev it up," complains Robert Kuttner, co-editor of the American Prospect, in the Washington Post. "I know of several cases in which the White House requested allied progressive groups to cool it."
"Obama wants the debate to be about angry white men," Jonah Goldberg contends. "And, as lame as that is, that's what's happening. It won't make Obama-care a reality, but it will shift the blame from where it rightly belongs."
"Last week, Mr. Obama tried to convince Americans that it is insurance companies, not government, that impose rationing," the Washington Times notes. "There is no more rationing by private insurance companies than there is rationing at the grocery store."
"In the animal kingdom, it is the lion that has the loudest roar," Tony Blankley warns. "Scientists say it is made as a warning to advertise the animal's presence. Are you listening, Washington? The current American public's roar certainly is being heard around the globe."
"Free is nice, but best is better," Cal Thomas says of Britain's universally accessible National Health Service.
William McGurn takes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to task for labeling town hall protesters "evil mongers."
The U.S. is not "obliged, by self-interest or self-respect, to be played by every extortionist who comes our way, seeking the prestige of our company and the things we have to offer in exchange for being kept safe from harm," argues Bret Stephens. "This is why we know better than to talk to al Qaeda. This is why we should know better than to talk to the Irans and North Koreas of the world."
The New York Times hopes that climate change proponents can successfully tie energy reform to national security.