Glenn Greenwald makes a very good point:
One of the strangest prongs of conventional Beltway wisdom is the
lament that there is not enough bipartisanship. The opposite is
true:many of the most damaging acts inflicted on the country by
Washington are enacted on a fully bipartisan basis -- the most destructive political act of this generation, the invasion of Iraq, was fully bipartisan, as were most of the post-9/11 civil liberties abuses and other Bush-era initiatives-- and, at least in certain areas, the harmonious joining together of Republicans and Democrats continues unabated.
The same obviously extends to the healthcare debate. One side is offering moderate reforms to a completely bankrupt, inefficient system, while the other side is offering nothing whatsoever. An attempt to bridge the gap (or make it 'bipartisan') would essentially render reform almost completely useless.