Since the 1930s, consumers have been key to lifting America out of a downturn.
The fact that many of us do not feel any urgency to revamp a system that leaves millions of our sick without care is appalling.
Issues of safety and waste make way for a focus on funding.
Handbag-makers to hotels are luring a new kind of luxury consumer.
Democrats say such a measure could have helped avert the financial crisis. Republicans and big business call it a bureaucratic power grab.