December 17, 2009 Leave a comment
I just finished reading Ezra Klein's chat transcript today (if you are a liberal with concerns about health care reform you really should read it– he addresses most all the concerns quite thoroughly). Towards the beginning he makes a really good point:
I want to be very clear on this: I think this bill will do more to
help the poor and underserved than anything since the Great Society. I
think it will do more to control costs, and create an infrastructure to
control costs and a politics able to control costs, than anything we've
ever done, full stop.
I'm not alone in this. Writers like Jon Cohn. Advocates like the
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and Families USA. Senators like
Jay Rockefeller. Among the people who have really been in the trenches
on this for years, there's near unanimity that losing this bill will
be, and will come to be understood, as one of the most tragic and
unnecessary failures in recent legislative history.
I've been a health policy junkie for years now and the truth is guys like Ezra Klein, Jon Cohn, and others have been writing about and demonstrating a huge depth of understanding to these issue for years. Now liberals are supposed to turn against it because Daily Kos, Glenn Greenwald (whom I love on civil liberties, but is out of his depth on health care), Howard Dean (being a doctor is not at all the same as understanding health policy), are complaining. What did these guys have to say about health policy two years ago– probably nothing. The people who have been deeply involved in this policy area for years and whom understand it the best are those most strongly advocating that we need to pass this (admittedly imperfect) legislation– that should tell you something.