Strange bedfellows get together on health reform

Two years after the odd couple of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich teamed up to tout electronic health records, more unusual groupings are forming in Washington. The Business Roundtable, representing major corporations, is getting together with organized labor--namely the Service Employees International Union--to launch "Divided We Fail," a campaign to push for broad-based-and unspecified-healthcare reform.

Tomorrow, America's Health Insurance Plans "will join with doctors' organizations and health-activist groups on the left to announce a plan for universal coverage," reports the Los Angeles Times. Details of the latter partnership were not available, but just like in the Middle East, it's always better when adversaries are talking rather than fighting. Could peace be at hand?

For more on healthcare reform:
- read the L.A. Times report