Writing in The New York Times Sunday Op-Ed section, former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr. noted "four simple steps we must take immediately to put us, and the nation, on a better course:
First, cut taxes for businesses — big and small — and find innovative ways to get Americans back to work.
Second, we should pass a more focused health reform bill that restructures current health care costs before spending more, prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, enacts responsible reform on malpractice suits and extends health coverage to all children.
Third, we should reform our immigration policy to ensure that those who contribute to our economy, especially foreign math and science graduates of American universities, have a clear path to citizenship.
Finally, we need to address budget deficits now rather than waiting for some ideal future economic situation.
Currently Ford is pondering a run for the U.S. Senate from New York.