The November 2007 issue of hfm included an article by Tom Daschle entitled "Politics and a Pragmatic Paradigm for Health Reform." The author found several statements in Daschle's article objectionable. Daschle writes, "The problems with the system are so bad, the failings of the current administration are so monumental, and the thirsting for leadership is so large that there is increased attention to this issue." The statement is objectionable because it is unsubstantiated and meant to elicit partisan feelings rather than an intelligent assessment of the topic. Second, Daschle makes a wild overstatement when he says that problems with the healthcare system are "exacerbated by the chronic disease epidemic that is crippling the nation." There is no chronic disease epidemic. Too many people and too many companies rely on the current healthcare infrastructure. Wise individuals will seek incremental improvements. This does not mean people should do nothing. People should also realize that some significant improvements might be costly and traumatic for some people, providers, and/or organizations.