The election of a Republican senator in Massachusetts means the death of true health-care reform, according to many analysts.

But this is simply a short-term distraction. The reform of the system is still one of the greatest needs in the United States. While generating jobs will help provide health insurance for citizens who get that work, it will still leave millions of citizens without affordable access to medical care.

Now is the time for Congress to work together for real health-care reform. At the very least, such reform should include increased oversight of private insurers to make sure they do not cherry-pick healthy clients and leave those who are ill without coverage.

The nation spoke in November 2008. The election in one state should not override the wishes of the greater number.