It's foolish, if not impossible, to try to predict what health care reform will look like in this country.
The roll out of the new American Health Care Act, the fulfillment of the Republican promise to repeal at any cost President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, was in keeping with the current theme of American politics, which is baffling in its ineptitude.
While supporters and critics of both parties and within both parties dispute virtually every aspect of the proposal, the rest of us are left to wonder who and what to believe.
But we have to start somewhere and here's where we start: any new health care law should result in fewer people uninsured, not more, and the goal of a health care plan should be health not tax cuts. That still leaves a lot of room for negotiation, if not responsible policy-making.