Timothy Noah is holding a contest:
If you can figure out a way to pass any significant health reform bill between now and November 2010, fill out the form below. You're limited to 500 words, you must give your entry a descriptive title, and you must submit it by Monday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. ET. I'll sort through the entries, judge their value and pragmatism, and publish the best. Warning: If you repeat a solution that I've seen outlined before, I'll automatically rule it out, because none of those will work. If they did, we wouldn't be holding this contest.
You can enter here, and there are more rules you should read. But I think it's a bit misguided to think of this in terms of new strategies. At the end of the day, these are individual people making anguished decisions about what passing this bill will mean for their careers -- and what not passing this bill will mean for the country. We should really strive to keep that basic calculus of this in mind: If these people want to do the right thing, they can. Strategic brilliance is nice, but it shouldn't be necessary. Lots of congressmen suggest otherwise, however, because that takes the responsibility off of their shoulders.
January 25, 2010; 8:41 AM ET
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