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CNN Senior Political Analyst
Now is the time for all long debates to come to an end.
The nation has been discussing what to do about burgeoning health care costs and shrinking insurance coverage for much of the past 16 years, not to mention all of the last few months.
As President Obama has rightly pointed out, we're debated-out. Few minds are likely to be changed at this point.
It's time to do something.
So, an idea. If Republicans are really interested in passing some version of health reform, as they say, how about this? Call Obama's bluff.
The standard line we hear these days from both sides is that "we agree on 80 percent" of the parameters of reform - issues like coverage for pre-existing conditions and improving the Medicare prescription drug benefit, for instance. So if there is a slew of agreements that have been hashed out by both sides in committee, why not separate them out and pass them - with a bipartisan vote.
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