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By Modern Healthcare
Posted: November 10, 2012 - 12:01 am ET

“A long, difficult period in America is over. After nearly two years of campaigning and billions of dollars spent, voters have made their choice, giving President Barack Obama a second term. It would be nice to be able to look back and say Election 2012 was an invigorating, affirmational experience. Instead, it was fraught with rancor, frustration and deception. We have fought over our beliefs and our loyalties—even over how we vote. The voting is over, but in their push to put election victory ahead of solving the country’s problems, the major parties have left us teetering on a fiscal and emotional cliff. With the election behind us, we have the opportunity to try a different way to lead over the next four years: cooperation. … What kind of nation have we become if we cannot come together in a time of crisis and find common ground? And we are in a crisis. Not only are we facing a cataclysm of debt, we have ever-growing differences over economic and social issues that threaten to tear the country apart. Some of our incumbent leaders already have sounded a never-say-die note, saying they won’t cooperate if their opponents are suddenly in charge. We must not let that happen. Let’s look to the president and to our federal and state lawmakers and implore them to work together—first on a common-sense agreement to get the debt under control. Then we must call upon them to find consensus on healthcare reform and to confront immigration reform.”

—The (Nashville) Tennessean

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“America is clearly eager for a new conversation about marijuana, with three states passing initiatives to either legalize the drug (Colorado and Washington) or legalize it for medical use (Massachusetts, which has already decriminalized recreational use). The new laws pit the states against the federal government—and in California’s experience, that’s been an awkward, painful battle that’s difficult to win. In the short run, the feds aren’t likely to let these voters light up without a fight. But in the long run, it’s clear that more and more voters want to rethink our nation’s marijuana laws, and the federal government will eventually have to take heed. After a full generation of the expensive and unsuccessful war on drugs, voters are saying it’s time to take small steps toward something new.”

—San Francisco Chronicle

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