It sure looks like it's going to be a long, hot summer.
That's not only a reference to the heat wave that gripped wide swaths of the nation last week; it's also an apt forecast for the atmosphere surrounding some long-simmering debates in healthcare.
Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) Medicare proposal continues to draw attention as both the Democrats and Republicans have sharpened their attacks. Critics cite a raft of polls showing strong opposition, with some indicating that nearly six out of 10 reject the proposal. Anger over the plan, not surprisingly, is especially high among older Americans, the one voter demographic that always turns out in big numbers.