Uwe E. Reinhardt, quelle surprise, refuses to put single payer on the table
Either Rivlin/Ryan privatizing Medicare, or ten years of excrementalism from Reinhardt and his ilk. But never, oh never, a proven solution that will actually save lives and money.
Out of a lingering respect for scholarship, I've always been reluctant to play the "class interest" card with the profs. But after the academic economists shat the bed on the financial collapse, and the career "progressives," aided by academics like Hacker, shat the bed on HCR, I think that a child of six can see the handwriting on the check. Mene mene tekel upharsin.
Ten years of thumbsucking and beard-stroking and column-inches and papers and grad students and think tank funding and conferences and consulting contracts along the way. And then retirement! That's what Reinhardt's cohort is all about.
At least people like Ryan and Rivlin are honest about their desires for the weak to be killed. Hand-washing Pilates like Reinhardt are not honest, and so in fact are more dangerous.