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Monday, August 24, 2009

Can't Krugman write a column EVERY day?
Posted by Jill | 5:28 AM
This tidbit from today's Krugman column on Zombie Reaganism jumped out at me:
The debate over the public option has, as I said, been depressing in its inanity. Opponents of the option — not just Republicans, but Democrats like Senator Kent Conrad and Senator Ben Nelson — have offered no coherent arguments against it. Mr. Nelson has warned ominously that if the option were available, Americans would choose it over private insurance — which he treats as a self-evidently bad thing, rather than as what should happen if the government plan was, in fact, better than what private insurers offer.

You'd think it wouldn't be difficult to make the case that if the fear is that the government plan will be better than what private insurers (who will still be able to raise premiums indiscriminately) offer, then isn't it true that those opposing a public option for health care WANT Americans to be forced to buy crappy insurance? Perhaps someone ought to ask the Republicans and Democrats on the take from the insurance industry that question. There's your sound bite: "Why do you want to force us into insurance that you KNOW doesn't do the job?"

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