Good morning. Here’s a look at today’s opinion content:
• In an editorial, we respond to John McCain’s vow that Republicans in Congress won’t cooperate with their Democratic colleagues in the wake of health-care reform’s passage. “Non-cooperation would be a mistake when there are so many pressing issues that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle need to work on together,” we write. Among those issues, we believe, are the need to stimulate employment growth, the regulation of the financial sector and immigration reform.
• John Neubauer, a Patterson businessman who sits on the board of the Putnam Hospital Center and says he’s a Republican, writes a Community View today on health care. While he concedes that the legislation passed this week isn’t perfect, Neubauer concludes that reform is a non-partisan issue. “One of the things that bothers me the most about those opposed to health care reform is, 80 percent of Americans have insurance, and they think they don’t want to rock the boat,” he writes. “Their attitude is, ‘I’ve got mine.’ I think that we as a culture have a moral obligation to provide insurance for all, with the additional benefit being that those 30 million or so who would become insured will be more efficient, healthier workers. Right now, those people are showing up for work sick, and spreading disease, or staying at home, reducing productivity, because they got so sick without medical care.”
• In a cartoon today, Matt Davies examines Tea Party opposition to health-care reform.