E.J. Dionne eloquently describes the differences between Democrats and Republicans on health care:

Democrats on the whole believe in using government to correct the inequities and inefficiencies the market creates, while Republicans on the whole think market outcomes are almost always better than anything government can produce.

That’s not cheap partisanship. It’s a fundamental divide. The paradox is that our understanding of politics would be more realistic if we were less cynical and came to see the battle for what it really is.

That’s a welcome reminder. It’s not as simple as Republicans are heartless and Democrats are compassionate. There’s a genuine difference in philosophy here. We can’t agree on a solution if we insist on dismissing the other side with a cheap stereotype.