Sunday, December 27, 2009

What Has Health Care Reform Ever Done For Us? To My Liberal "Bill Killer" Friends: Krugman (with the aid of Monte Python) Sums It Up.

In his Op Ed piece in today's New York Times, Nobel Prize winning economist and Princeton  professor of Economics and International Affairs  Paul Krugman notes that many people who've "made careers by righteously demanding entitlement reform" are "running away now that the real thing has made an appearance."  Krugman states:
Health care reform does nothing, they cry — except for covering 30 million people, ending overpayment on Medicare advantage, making the first real attempt to use medical evidence to guide health care spending, starting up a wide range of pilot projects on cost control while empowering an expert panel to put the results of those projects into effect, providing financial incentives to limit excess coverage, and so on (emphasis mine).
But aside from that, you see, it doesn’t do anything.
Krugman then goes on to wryly note:

And my thoughts turn, as they so often do, to Monty Python:
All right… all right… but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order… what have the Romans done for us?
 

Right on, Professor Krugman.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Matt,

My name is Barbara O’ Brien and my blogging at The Mahablog, Crooks and Liars, AlterNet, and elsewhere on the progressive political and health blogophere has earned me the notoriety of being a panelist at the Yearly Kos Convention and a featured guest blogger at the Take Back America Conference in Washington, DC.

I’m contacting you because I found your site in a prominent political and health reform blog search and want to tell you about my newest blogging platform —the public concern of health care and its reform. Our shared concerns include health reform, public health, safe workplaces, and asbestos contamination.

To increase awareness on these important issues, my goal is to get a resource link on your site or even allow me to provide a guest posting. Please contact me back, I hope to hear from you soon. Drop by our site in the meantime—www.maacenter.org/blog.

Sincerely,

Barbara O’ Brien
barbaraobrien@maacenter.org

Wolfe Tone said...

Barbara,

Two things.
First, this is my blog, not Matt's, though he is a friend and has posting privileges here.

Second, this is hardly a "prominent blog," whereas Matt's (he is also a contributor to the Huffington Post) is.

I suggest you contact Matt directly, the link on this page will bring you to his site, Osborne Ink.

Thanks for your interest,

Wolfe

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