In theory it would be nice to truly have bipartisan Think Tanks to discuss policy and the future direction of our country--but alas, this isn't the case. I feel the need to give a little context given the current upheaval in civility, scientific discourse, and yes dear reader--politics.
If you are willing to have at least a partially open mind--there are insights to be gained from both sides of an issue. So be a dear and don't send me off-topic political tropes--try and appreciate the underlying message.
Are you familiar with The Overton Window? Joseph P Overton was a leader at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a right-wing think tank once centered in Michigan but with expanded influence across the country--albeit if not across the political aisle.
We don't have the luxury of being apolitical when zip codes and policy drive healthcare quality and in theory I like the bones of The Overton Window.
Basically your legislators are only going to operate within a narrow window defined by their constituents--whatever their individual beliefs, it is the voters that either re-elect them or send them packing.
The important message--the window can indeed be shifted if we move society to rethink "the realm of possibility".
Joseph Overton observed that in a given public policy area, ... only a relatively narrow range of potential policies will be considered politically acceptable. This "window" of politically acceptable options is primarily defined not by what politicians prefer, but rather by what they believe they can support and still win re-election. In general, then, the window shifts to include different policy options not when ideas change among politicians, but when ideas change in the society that elects them.--Mackinac Center for Public Policy