Tuesday, June 30, 2009

'Half-assed Health Care Reform'

Tom Tomorrow is concerned about the Democrats' tendency to negotiate against themselves and give away the store.

It is worth remembering that the "public option" arose originally as a compromise away from the idea of single-payer health care.

Now, through sheer messaging incompetence and political cowardice, the Democrats have let the public option get characterized as European-style socialized medicine, and are in the process of negotiating it away to a worthless system of state-managed co-ops that would have absolutely no power to put downward pressure on costs.

For what that is worth, they might as well leave the system as it is.

I mean, it's not as though Americans want a public health insurance option to compete with the for-profit insurance industry, is it?