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Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Value Of My Bad Offline Reading Habits

I was browsing Twitter and I saw him reference Jonathan Alter talking about how "the left" was off-kilter and had "lost their moral core" because of their demands for a public option in health care.

I have bad offline reading habits. I drop books and magazines and leave them sitting around the house all the time. In fact, right by my bed is a copy of Newsweek from June, opened to an article by Jonathan Alter which included this:

That takes us back to a public option, which would force insurers to redraw their business models and accept lower profits. The House bill will include it, but the Senate's almost certainly won't. Instead, moderates there are pushing health-care "cooperatives." Nobody has a clue what that means. Would the co-ops be like utilities? Farm cooperatives? Starting fresh with a quasi-public/quasi-private organization might bring some much-needed creativity to health-care financing. But without a federal charter and some seed money to help them enroll millions, co-ops will get swamped by the private-insurance lobby, which has become expert at marginalizing state-run experiments.

When it comes time to hammer out the final plan in the House-Senate conference committee, Obama and Rahm Emanuel will likely make the House accept a reduction in the deductibility of employer-based plans and make the Senate accept some kind of public option or co-op with teeth. Anything less means the president didn't get the sucker.

So I tweeted that back to Atrios, and he made everyone else in the world aware.

It's quite hilarious to see the DC establishment completely turn on the hippies en masse in the name of being "serious."

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