health care reform
The first thing we do, let's kill all the economists. No, wait... the first thing we do, let's kill all the journalists.
[with apologies to The Bard]
Actually, it would appear that neither economists nor journalists should be allowed anywhere near the subject of health care.
Case in point: Paul Krugman and Jonathan Chait.
In his post Noo Yawk Roolz! Krugman has a few random thoughts: Read more about The first thing we do, let's kill all the economists. No, wait... the first thing we do, let's kill all the journalists.
Haw. Good one, NTodd. What you said:
I will not celebrate the Senate vote taken in the the wee hours this morning. At this point so many people are desperate to declare a win that they will accept anything so long as they can label it HCR. You can list a lot of nice reasons to support this bill, from the children's pre-existing conditions provision to the resolution that puppies are cute and precious and ought not be boiled for dinner, but that's not HCR.
Call it Insurance Industry Regulatory Reform. Call it the Protecting Kids and Middle-aged Americans Act. Don't call it reform.
... in response to his "Comfort and Joy" post of today on the Senate health insurance reform bill (via Language Log). Of Republicans, Krugman writes: Read more about I'd like to send this one out to Professor Krugman...
I AM SENDING THIS EMAIL TO AT LEAST FIVE FRIENDS AND ASKING THAT THEY CONTACT AT LEAST FIVE GOVERNMENT REPS TO KILL THE HEALTH CARE BILL:
Subject line: PROJECT FIVE (friends) TO FIVE (Congress people): from libbyliberal asking for help to kill the “mockery of democracy” health care bill being rammed through Congress
I am writing to ask that you take action now if you also feel distrust and a sense of betrayal from our government that is and has been obscenely serving the needs of mega-corporations at the expense of its citizenry. A government that could have and should have accomplished REAL health care solutions -- empathetic and encompassing reform -- for the serious plight of us Americans. Read more about Project 5 to 5: My Personalized Chain Letter To "Kill the Bill" -- FWIW!
Bill Moyers hosted an interesting conversation the other day among Robert Kuttner, Matt Taibbi, and himself about health care reform, the performance of the Administration to this point, and the relations of progressives with the President. The conversation focused in part on how Taibbi and Kuttner would vote on the Senate's pending legislation, if it were up to them. Read more about Expose Him To Reality, Now!
When I was young the United States had some liberals of courage in the Senate. People like Estes Kefauver, Paul Douglas, Hubert H. Humphrey, Herbert Lehman, Wayne Morse, Richard L. Neuberger, Maurine B. Neuberger, Eugene McCarthy, Mike Mansfield, Ernest Gruening, Pat McNamara, Phil Hart, Frank Church, George McGovern, Albert Gore, Sr., Ralph Yarborough, Warren Magnuson, and William Proxmire. These liberals could be counted on to go to the mat for most liberal causes. They said what they meant, and meant what they said. They compromised. Read more about The Return of The Jello Man
That was California Representative Pete Stark's take on "managed competition" back in 1993 when it was poised to become ClintonCare.
Celinda Lake, in 1993:
After conducting extensive focus groups on health care, pollster Celinda Lake discovered that the more people are told about the Canadian system, “the higher the support goes.” In contrast, according to Lake, working Americans found the managed competition idea “laughable.”
Private Insurance Successfully Fights Obsolescence Through Bribery (As Congress Applies Medicare 55+ Lipstick to the HCR pig)
[I am actually posting this on libbyliberal's behalf, since she's now on vacation. --lambert]
On a separate thread where folks are discussing possible legal challenges health care bill, I said I'd look around to see if there have been any challenges to Massachusetts mandatory coverage law and how they fared. This is by no means comprehensive:
Against the Mass. law, I could find only one challenge and that was thrown out on what seem to be procedural grounds rather than on the merits. (I can't find the slip op. online to confirm).
Tea Party Challenges Read more about Legal Challenges to Health Insurance Giveaway bill
[I thought I'd update and re-post this, since with HR3962 our GENIUS Dems have really outdone themselves their indefatigable efforts to preserve the two-party system by giving the Republicans ever better odds in 2010 and 2012. Not that it matters to them; they're all made in Versailles by now anyhow. --lambert] Read more about Strategery
Timothy Jost is an extraordinarily readable health care wonk [I've borrowed from him before on Switzerland and the Netherlands] and he has a 3-part series on HR 3962 at the Health Affairs blog, if you're interested. Read more about Stuff only a health care wonk could love
Don McCann says abort. Then reboot:
The five reform bills passed by House and Senate committees will not control health care costs, and yet these are to be merged into one bill – that will not control health care costs.
What is the worst that could happen?