Marcia Angell, M.D.(HuffPo):
Well, the House health reform bill -- known to Republicans as the Government Takeover -- finally passed after one of Congress's longer, less enlightening debates. Two stalwarts of the single-payer movement split their votes; John Conyers voted for it; Dennis Kucinich against. Kucinich was right.Howie P.S.: From a policy p.o.v. Dr. Angell may be right, but there is no way Obama and the Congressional Democratic leadership is going to put gift boxes under the Xmas trees that are empty, except for a note that says:Is the House bill better than nothing? I don't think so. It simply throws more money into a dysfunctional and unsustainable system, with only a few improvements at the edges, and it augments the central role of the investor-owned insurance industry. The danger is that as costs continue to rise and coverage becomes less comprehensive, people will conclude that we've tried health reform and it didn't work. But the real problem will be that we didn't really try it. I would rather see us do nothing now, and have a better chance of trying again later and then doing it right.
"GOOD FOR ONE MUCH BETTER HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL NEXT YEAR."