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Should Obama defer health reform?

In response to the noisy protests of its health reform proposals, the administration should pull back rather than push back, argues Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan: "The president should call in his troops and his Congress and announce a rethinking. There are too many different bills, they're all a thousand pages long, no one has time to read them, no one knows what's going to be in the final one, the public is agitated, the nation's in crisis, the timing is wrong, we'll turn to it again — but not now. We'll take a little longer, ponder every aspect, and make clear every complication. You know what would happen if he did this? His numbers would go up. Even Congress' would. Because they'd look responsive, deliberative and even wise. Discretion is the better part of valor."