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December 11th, 2009
01:14 PM ET

Health care reform: sifting through the suboptimal solutions

President Obama has been putting health care at the top of his domestic agenda.

President Obama has been putting health care at the top of his domestic agenda.

Arianna Huffington
The Huffington Post

editor’s note: Arianna will be on the show tonight to discuss politics.

If the fight over health care reform has proven anything, it's just how broken our system has become - from the crippling influence of money on our politics to the way the modern misuse of the filibuster has taken away the power of the duly elected majority and handed it to a handful of bought-and-paid-for senators (yes, I'm talking about you Joe Lieberman).

This disturbing and destructive state of affairs has created a country that is, in the words of Tom Friedman, "only able to produce 'suboptimal' responses to its biggest problems."

And that's where we find ourselves on health care as we head towards the legislative end game. The big optimal solutions have all been gutted - and we are left to pick through the patchwork of suboptimal ones.

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