Our nation last week celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing. It was a triumph over fear and risk. It cost significant sums of money, but the value of the spinoff economic benefits in the form of new discovery and invention has far surpassed that cost.
The principal domestic issue of the day is health-care reform. It, too, is characterized by fear and risk. It, too, however, offers the promise of economic and social benefits far surpassing its cost. This nation needs to apply the same commitment to health-care reform as it did to space exploration. The time to do so is now.
In a twist of a time-honored maxim, "health-care reform delayed is health-care reform denied."