This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.
Health care reform wasn’t on Tuesday’s ballot, but it might as well have been.
The decisive Republican victories in the New Jersey and Virginia governors races have spooked at least some congressional Democrats recently elected from red districts. That may mean that the window for action on health care reform is beginning to close – and that the window may already be too narrow for the most controversial measures to squeeze through.
Yet House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and fellow congressional leaders continue to obsess about the single most controversial provision: the “public option,” a new government-run insurance plan that would compete with private insurers.