Jonathon Cohn issues a farewell, speaking for The Treatment, which had been dedicated to health care reform. He talks in detail of many years' history in the quest for affordable health care for all Americans. And he talks about his own experience in this quest.
The political process is dissected. The interactive role of journalists is examined. The unique role of the internet, and its lightning speed communication of news and reactions, is analyzed.
His belief that reform would come remained steadfast over the years, despite the intense ups and downs, and he is satisfied that the door is finally open. The purpose of The Treatment has been accomplished. The need for it is has been fulfilled.
"This is probably the longest item ever to run on the Treatment. And, as you may have guessed from the self-referential tone, it will also be the last. TNR created this blog to cover the debate over whether to pass comprehensive health care reform. That debate has ended. Now it is time for this blog to do the same."