Saturday, November 14, 2009

Strange column

Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, says here we must choose between Afghanistan and health care reform. I have to confess I don't quite follow his logic. Why is the choice between those two policies? The federal budget is about $4 trillion; surely we could do both and cut something else. Or we could do neither.

Kristof is also wrong about the health care bill. It is not the panacea he thinks it is. Liberal economist Robert Kuttner puts it well in the American Prospect: "On the minus side, the plan leaves most people dependent on employers for health coverage and reinforces the political and economic power of the private insurance industry." Why are so-called progressives supporting this bill? The entire article is here.

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