President Obama's health care plan has debuted to very mixed reviews. In fact, the boos outnumbered the cheers. But I don't know that this is a great setback to the cause of national health care.
The law can be amended. Republicans would like to kill it, but they seem to lack the votes for that. I am covered by Medicare and Social Security because I am old. Did they start smoothly? I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that they had some early glitches, which eventually got straightened out. They've certainly worked for me,
Health legislation is complicated. It's not like a bill to buy more fighter planes or a few guns.
The United States is, I believe, the only major power that doesn't have some sort of national health insurance for its citizens. I would bet that in ten years this flawed bill will be viewed as an important first step in ending that.