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Fellow Democrats, fellow liberals: Let’s reach out to Republicans and independents in the country, show them we are willing to compromise and give up the public option, and let’s get a national health insurance bill passed that provides virtual universal and guaranteed health insurance coverage … at long last.

Yes, we can.

Lanny J. Davis, a Washington lawyer and former special counsel to President Clinton, served as a member of President George W. Bush’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. He is the author of “Scandal: How ‘Gotcha’ Politics is Destroying America.” This piece is also published at