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Kissing the Health Care Frog

© Mike Luckovich

If the current health care reform bill is even slightly better than the Medicare Part D disaster that the Republicans forced down the throat of Congress, then I for one will be happy.



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    The big thing is to keep moving the age limits. Moving the levels eligible for Medicaid. As I have said, my child and his family who are farmers are on the same health insurance that I’m on. I pay. Because of their income, they don’t. The private insurance company gets state substidies for them.
    By the back door, we get government health insurance.

    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 6:31 am | Permalink
  2. Andrew wrote:

    Why the change of opinion?

    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 9:39 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    Andrew — according to Joe Lieberman, the statute of limitations for completely changing one’s mind is three months. I wrote that five months ago! There, is that plausible deniability?

    Seriously, I think it is because I was caught off guard by the success of the Republican/Insurance industry disinformation campaign against health care reform. I realize that that is exactly what happened with the Clinton attempt at health care reform, but thought that this time around, people wouldn’t be fooled again. But incredibly, a majority of Americans are now against passing health care reform. I guess I overestimated the American public. So unlike what I wrote in July, when a majority wanted a public option (and even single payer), I now realize that if we don’t pass this now, we will not have another chance for a long time. And despite its problems, this bill still does more good than bad.

    So now I think the best plan is to make a few changes in the existing bill in conference, pass it, let the American people figure out that they like health care reform (just like they like Medicare, and that there are no death panels), and then push again later for more and better reforms.

    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Permalink