Many progressives are expressing deep disappointment with the health reform legislation now moving through Congress.Howie P.S.: I'm not quite ready to drink "the glass half-full" yet, but here it is.
Some suggest that some legislators made deals with lobbyists and let them write the bills. Others complain that both the subsidies and the penalties are too low. Still others don't like the fact that states can "opt out" of the public insurance option and decide not to offer "Medicare E" -- Medicare for everybody.
Finally, many ask: "Why can't everyone sign on for the public plan in 2013? Why do we have to wait until 2013? Why can't they roll out universal coverage next year?"Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much (Harper/Collins 2006).Maggie Mahar is a fellow at the Century Foundation and the author of
Saturday, November 07, 2009
"Why Congress' Health Care Bills Are Better Than You Think"
Maggie Mahar (AlterNet):