"(Medicare prescription drug) legislation is opposed by many liberals who say it isn't enough and that it is a first dangerous step toward privatized healthcare. And it is opposed by some conservatives who say it's too much and that it is a first dangerous step toward nationalized healthcare. ... To be sure, these bills are far from perfect. But is it worth scuttling the whole effort? This legislation is probably the most the country can afford at the moment. And there is nothing to stop the Congress from coming back in better times to improve the benefits and to implement necessary ... reforms."