The health care reform law that's now emerged as such a pivotal part of our collective future came about as a way to expand coverage and help control costs.

(I know, there's no way it can do both – especially as it's written now, but I've already beaten that death-paneled horse.) There's little question we've expanded (or will expand) coverage. Mission accomplished, as our last president once proclaimed. We'll see an almost-unprecedented leap in the number of insured over the next half decade.

Problem is, it couldn't come at a worse time. The market might be bouncing along now, but the dollar's falling faster than offshore drilling prospects. And our debt continues to balloon faster than a college freshman.

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