Clive Crook At The Financial Times: ‘Congress Misses The Point Of Reform’

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“Nothing matters to Capitol Hill so much as apportioning responsibilities and the power that goes with them.”

It’s nice to have a little government skepticism, combined with economic insight:

Too many US households and financial institutions got too deeply in debt.”

“…-one surely ought to look hard at the tax policies that actively encourage indebtedness.”

Also On This Site:   From Althouse: Ann Althouse And Dayo Olopade Discuss Health Insurance…Crook would perhaps like to see some version of the bill passed:From Clive Crook: Is Health Care Reform On Track?From The New Yorker: Atul Gawande On Health Care-”The Cost Conundrum”

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From Clive Crook At The Atlantic: A Pre-Speech Memo On Healthcare

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A long post:

The new administration started with two main goals, each eminently worthy. The first was to widen access to health insurance. The second was to curb inflation in healthcare costs. For reasons of political feasibility, it then accepted two constraints. The first was to say that existing arrangements will be undisturbed for people-the majority, as it happens-who are content with them. The second was to promise no increase in general taxation.

I’m still mistrustful of the moral worthiness of the goals, combined with the ideas of the left.  I’m worried what may be lost in the process.  But, anyways:

“In one way, Massachusetts shows that the Obama administration is right. Wider coverage does not pay for itself. Either costs must be forced down, or additional revenue raised.  Neither is easy to do.”

Keith Hennessey has a checklist here; worth a look if you’re worried about cost.

See Also On This Site:  From Althouse: Ann Althouse And Dayo Olopade Discuss Health Insurance…Crook would perhaps like to see some version of the bill passed: From Clive Crook: Is Health Care Reform On Track?From The New Yorker: Atul Gawande On Health Care-”The Cost Conundrum”

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Clive Crook At The Financial Times: Clive Crook ‘Afghanistan Is Now Obama’s War’

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“In short, Afghanistan is a war of choice, and a finely balanced choice at that. Given the risks of withdrawal, I think Mr Obama is right not to quit just yet – but to improve his chances of success he must bring his ends and means into closer alignment.”

See Also:  Dexter Filkins In The NY Times: ‘Groundwork Is Laid For New Troops In Afghanistan’

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