The public option

I'm a bit disappointed in the number of liberals who 1) just don't get that the current version of the public option is completely emasculated and wouldn't really make much difference, and;2) are totally unaware of the interest group politics involved, i.e., this is just as much about cutting profits for doctors and hospitals– who quite like their profits– as it is the insurance companies.  Sure, all else being equal it would be better to have it, making it much easier to improve upon later on.  Alas, this is not an all else being equal world.  Matt Yglesias explains all this quite nicely.  

 

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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