Reid reminds us why we need to keep reminding audiences how and why America falls short, and he offers a fine template for reporters needing help breaking down health bill complexities, misinformation, and the half-truths that will keep floating around. We urge readers of Campaign Desk who are not journalism professionals to see what Reid has to say. Apparently Post readers are already doing that: Post ombudsman Andy Alexander told me that Reid’s story was the most widely viewed story on the paper’s Web site Sunday and Monday.

Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.