Despite all the activity on Capitol Hill to try to rush health care legislation through Congress by the fall, there's a growing chance that the Democrats won't be able to meet their timetable, as Carl Feldbaum points out in this week's cover story.

As we careen into summer, it's worth pointing out that there can be virtue in acting with deliberation rather than with haste, especially since the legislative process militates in the opposite direction. If anything, the legislative endgame is a time when half-baked ideas whose implications aren't fully clear can be proposed and voted on before anyone has time to think them through.