August vote likely for health care reform

The writer Mark Twain was once asked if he belonged to any organized political party.

"I don't belong to any organized political party," Twain responded. "I'm a Democrat."

The current U.S. debate on health care reform reminds us of what this means. The nation is close, very close, to writing legislation and securing a coalition that will create universal health care coverage. This is arguably the most important social policy achievement since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare bill in 1965 that guaranteed health care coverage for senior citizens.

Still, if the Democrats aren't careful, they could, once again, snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.