Should the health care reform effort aim for fall passage?

Posted July 21, 2009, at 9:50 a.m.

President Obama has pushed Congress to pass a health care finance reform bill before its August recess. Critics, and even some supporters, are suggesting the momentum be slowed so the final product can be more carefully crafted. Others say if the bill is stalled,

House members will worry about their re-election bids in 2010 and may back away from supporting the measure. Still others, of course, think the plan should be scrapped altogether and the current system should remain in place. Should Congress push for passage now? Or should the two houses aim to reach accord on a framework now and perhaps leave the more difficult concepts for the fall? Or is the need for reform

overstated? Is the health care system working well enough?