In praise of the health care reform legislation

Of course I should have written on the matter after Senate passage on Christmas Eve, but alas, I've been enjoying the Christmas holidays.  As I've said before, I continue to be dismayed by the liberals who want to throw the baby out with the bathwater (this current situation is an almost perfectly apt use for this expression).  The "kill the bill" liberals are far too focused on the insurance companies.  To paraphrase Ezra Klein, if the insurance industry goes from 85th most profitable to 58th most profitable, but millions more Americans can afford health care coverage, that's a deal I'll take. 

I think Jon Chait (who's writing I'm especially loving lately) sums it up great in the title of his article, "The rest is just noise."  It's also a really interesting analysis of the attacks of the legislation coming from the left (and from the right, but those are more transparent and obvious). 

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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