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Ezra Klein: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

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• Because it's Friday and I want you to have a good weekend, I insist you look at this unbelievably wonderful link. • Does Henry Waxman have the answer to my pessimism? • Also, did you know there's a new...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Underpants Gnomes Theory of Single-Payer

This is really weird. Yesterday, I said that Ed Morrissey didn't understand Barack Obama's health-care plan. Today, as a rebuttal, he posted a video of me talking about other health-care plans that I say liberal interest groups hope will...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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We Don't Need Red Tape. We Need Red Rope.

Justin Fox joins the call for cruder, stupider regulation. He makes a good case: The argument goes like this: the biggest flaw in current financial regulation is not that there is too little of it or too much, but that...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Financial Regulation , Solutions  
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I'm Having a Pessimistic Day

There's a lot of fear-mongering right now about the effect cap-and-trade will have on the economy. Conor Clarke, however, threw together a nice graph offering some perspective: The flip side to that bit of optimism is that the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Climate Change  
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Can We Save This Village?

Obviously, the path of least political resistance would be doing nothing. But insofar as the Obama administration has committed itself to moving major pieces of legislation, I think there's something to Arnold Kling's criticism that it has have adopted...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Government  
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The Problem of Physician Pay

There's a lot of smart stuff in this roundtable about how much doctors should be paid. I'd just note that doctor compensation, like executive compensation, is less about how much doctors get paid than what the payment structure incentivizes them...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Health  
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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Brad Johnson reminds us that Rep. Collin Peterson's unconscionable giveaways to farmers amendments weren't the only changes made to the Waxman-Markey bill. Lots of small tweaks were added in the past day or two. And some of them were good!...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Climate Change  
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The Question of Taxes

If you had to pick the realm in which Barack Obama's campaign was a huge disappointment, I think you'd have to point to taxes. Obama pretty much managed to rhetorically out-conservative John McCain on the issue. His attack -- that...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Taxes  
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Lunch Break: Michael Jackson, RIP

The Huffington Post memorializes him in the only appropriate way: With a selection of videos showing his greatest performances and videos. Virtually none of us knew Michael Jackson the man. Virtually all of us knew Michael Jackson the performer, the...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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White House Watched

Dan Froomkin files his final column. You can follow his next moves here....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Does The White House Have a Secret Strategy for Health Reform?

As Paul Krugman writes today, it's a bit tricky to say exactly what the White House's bottom line is on health care -- or even if it has one. "The only thing that's non-negotiable is success," Rahm Emmanuel likes...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Health Reform , Health Reform For Beginners  
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Is it Time to Get Rid of the Agricultural Committees?

We don't have a House Committee on Dollar Stores. Nor does the Senate have a committee exclusively for People Who Write Poems. There's no Producers of Consumer Electronics Committee, or Senate Select Committee on People Who Sell Thomas Kinkaid...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Climate Change , Food  
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A Question of Priorities

As we speak, the Senate is toiling to cut the health care reform bill from $1.6 trillion to $1 trillion over 10 years. Health economist Uwe Reinhardt puts those numbers into context: A price tag of $1.6 trillion seems immense...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Health Economics  
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The State of Play in Finance

Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery have a good look at the state of play within the Finance Committee's negotiations on the health care bill. They've cut subsidies and coverage provisions. They're closing in on the magic $1 trillion number. They're...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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An Insufficient Respect For Charts

Brian Beutler catches House Minority Leader John Boehner trying to make the graphical case against cap-and-trade. It's a doozy: "This is how the process will work," said Boehner, although, as Brian archly observes, the chart describes no process whatsoever. It's...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Charts and Graphs , Climate Change  
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• The Audacity of Patience. • Nate Silver out-wonks me. • The St. Petersburg Times takes on Scientology. • Nick Kristof takes on the AMA. • CBO takes on the long-term budget outlook. (The long-term budget outlook is, I fear,...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2009; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Against the Big-Bang Theory of Legislation

Here's a fact: We will not save health care this year. Or next year. Or the next. Here's another one: We will not pass legislation capable of averting climate change this year. Or the next. Or the next. We...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2009; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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It's Not the Food We Can't Get. It's the Food We Can.

Jane Black takes note of an interesting new study (crummy graphs though. Sigh.) out of the USDA looking at the question of so-called "food deserts" -- areas barren of supermarkets or other ways of accessing fresh and healthful food. The...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2009; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Color Me Perplexed

I stumbled across this Ed Morrissey post a few moments ago, and I'm a bit puzzled as to the best response. The problem is that I don't have the data to answer an important question: Is Ed being disingenuous, or...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Department of Cross-Platform Corrections

The problem with TV is that you can't correct yourself when you're wrong. But a few moments ago, on MSNBC, I said the jobs report today was bad, but better than expected. But I was wrong! I had it mixed...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2009; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Why Bernanke's Bad Day Is Actually Good

Reading through Frank Ahren's liveblog of the hearing, it doesn't look like Ben Bernanke had much fun testifying before the House Oversight Committee this morning. But that's probably a good thing. I'm becoming increasingly convinced that one of the best...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Federal Reserve , Solutions  
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Post Chat Transcript

Lots of stuff today. Health care. Emusic recommendations. Bad banks. And socialism! Full transcript follows: Boston: Is it dangerous for a political leader to make promises about job levels in a free market economy when in reality that politician has...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2009; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Some Questions About Movie Reviewing

I didn't much like the movie "Away We Go." But the New York Times really didn't like it. A.O. Scott's review describes the movie's protagonists as "acutely, at times painfully, aware of their special status as uniquely sensitive, caring,...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2009; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Who's in the Room for Health Care?

This is a neat idea from NPR. They sent a photographer to the June 17 health reform mark-up and had him take panoramic shots of the mostly lobbyist crowd. Now they're asking their readers to help identify the attendees and...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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How Much Would You Pay to Save the World?

I've mostly talked about the portions of The Washington Post/ABC poll that dealt with health care. But the cap-and-trade segment is interesting too. First, let me pour a cup of salt on this post: I doubt that 10 percent of...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Climate Change , Polls  
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Are Democrats Bad Negotiators?

Duncan Black has a sharp post arguing for the benefits of legislative maximalism. "I don't know why the Dems never learn this lesson," he writes. "If you start with the compromise position, you will and up compromising on that."...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Live Chat!

I have a Post live chat at noon eastern today. You can submit questions in advance. Or you just join in at noon. And though I'm happy to talk health reform, people shouldn't feel limited to questions on that topic....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dead Tree Hyperlinks

Putting aside the merits of the study he's discussing (I haven't read it, so can't comment), I really like the Tiny URL's in George Will's print column today. It's pretty standard, by this point, for online versions of columns to...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2009; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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The Scarlet E-Mails

Mark Sanford's lovelorn e-mails to his Argentinian muse were the first documents that actually made me feel bad for the governor. These were very human, very touching, missives. They were overwritten in the way that lovers overwrite when trying to...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2009; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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A Crisis of Legitimacy

In response to yesterday's post about the high levels of satisfaction people report for their personal insurance coverage, reader Akshai wrote in: People with chronic illnesses will poll different (presumably) from people who have been healthy their entire insured lives....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2009; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Health Coverage  
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• Matt Ygelsias's health reform predictions. • Can we stop global warming without massive technological breakthroughs? • Mark Sanford's sad, human love letters. • Is doctor's pay the key to health reform? • Matt Taibbi versus Goldman Sachs. • Help...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2009; 7:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Truth About the Insurance Industry

Insurers often complain that their critics don't understand their business practices. It would be hard to say that about Wendell Potter. Potter, whose name sounds like that of a character in a Frank Capra movie, worked in the health insurance...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2009; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Health Coverage , Health Reform  
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What Will Obama Do on Climate Change?

I've been trying pretty hard to wrap my head around the politics of the climate change debate. No one, for instance, seems to think Waxman-Markey is, at this point, a particularly good bill, even as everyone agrees it's the...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2009; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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A Few Thoughts on Mark Sanford

That was an entertaining press conference. Sen. David Vitter, the Louisiana Republican who patronized prostitutes provided by a famous D.C. Madam, didn't offer anything half as compelling. Gov. Mark Sanford, who had himself a garden-variety cheat, really stepped up...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2009; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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The Dangers of the Public Plan

Paul Starr has an important column today on the dangers of a badly designed public plan. The issue essentially comes down to adverse selection. If the public plan becomes a dumping ground for the sick and the old, it will...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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"Weaponized Keynesianism"

Via Paul Krugman, a great comment from Rep. Barney Frank about Republicans trying to protect funding for the F-22: These arguments will come from the very people who denied that the economic recovery plan created any jobs. We have a...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Lost Decade

This really is a scary set of charts from Michael Mandel. The one atop this post is the biggie, but a bit confusing: The X axis runs from 1949 to 2009. But the percentile for 1949, for instance, is...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Charts and Graphs , Economy  
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A Very Special Edition of Lunch Break

Time for an announcement: As of July 1, I'll be starting a biweekly column in The Washington Post's food section. Readers of the Internet Food Association, or even just longtime readers of this blog, know about my side interest in...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Is The Healthy Americans Act a Basis for Compromise?

Few people have spent as much time talking up the benefits of Sen. Ron Wyden's (D-Ore.) Healthy Americans Act as I have. It's a genuinely good bill with a good Congressional Budget Office score and an innovative approach. I would...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2009; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Health Reform For Beginners  
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Has The Huffington Post Ruined Press Conferences Forever?

The facts, as we know them: Nico Pitney, an editor at the Huffington Post, has done a tremendous job aggregating information on the Iranian protest movement. Particularly innovative has been his effort to collect and publish perspectives emerging from within...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Optimism? Pessimism? Optipessimism?

David Roberts, one of my go-to climate change sources, has a long post starting from the premise that Waxman-Markey is a bad bill that's likely to get worse (though it still might be better than nothing!) and then explaining why...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Trouble With School Choice

The graphic above comes from The Center for New York City Affairs' school choice report. It's a simple outline of how to navigate New York's school choice system. Only it's not that simple. Which means that it's biased toward...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Dr. Klein's Health Insurance Relationship Advice Corner

As something of a follow-up to the last post, I want to point out a different poll result that helps explain why reformers can't attack private insurance too aggressively. There is, among a lot of liberals, a sense that people...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2009; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Health Reform , Polls  
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Should Democrats Fight for the Public Plan?

The Washington Post put a poll into the field last week with a substantial health-care portion. Here's the part that will interest all of you: I don't think there's anything surprising in there. A solid majority support the public plan...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2009; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Health Reform , Polls  
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An Interview With Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande's New Yorker article comparing the medical systems of El Paso and McAllen, Tex., has been a definitional piece in the health reform conversation. President Obama has repeatedly invoked it. Senators have talked about it. The media have embraced...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2009; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Health Reform , Interviews  
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Department of Corrections

David Henderson has me on this (Well, the second half of that post. The first half we could argue about). I've been restating the claim that every year, we throw about 2 million people off the rolls of the insured,...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2009; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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The Government's Rearview Driver

Brad Plumer has a very nice post on why the Congressional Budget Office has, historically, predicted that pollution regulations would cost much more than they actually did. When Congress went to create a cap-and-trade plan for sulfur dioxide in...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Budget , Climate Change  
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The Importance of PIMCO

Devin Leonard's long profile of PIMCO bond manager BIll Gross is a bit glowing for my tastes, but it's probably worth a read. When I was reporting on financial regulation a few months ago, a couple of banking experts brought...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Financial Crisis , Solutions  
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Obama Defends the Public Plan

At the press conference that finished up a few minutes ago, President Obama fielded a slew of questions on health care in general and the public plan in particular. For supporters of the initiative, his answers were encouraging. There...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Lunch Break: Inhalable Chocolate!

Earlier this month, Food editor Joe Yonan invited me down to the fourth floor to try a hot new product: inhalable chocolate. It's the only dessert I've ever encountered that comes with a FAQ. (Among the questions: Can the cocoa...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2009; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lunch Break  
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The Smackdown That Wasn't

Bruce McQuain writes: Dale and I once interviewed Ezra Klein about health care on our podcast. Klein held the VA system up as a shining example of good government health care. Of course that was before the shameful condition of...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Conrad and Schumer Nearing an Agreement?

Sen. Chuck Schumer, whom Sen. Max Baucus asked to be the Democratic point man on the public plan, and Sen. Kent Conrad, whom Baucus charged with crafting a compromise on the public plan, seem to be coming to a pretty...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2009; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Predictions: What Will Happen With Health Reform?

These days, about one in three conversations I have includes the question, "What's going to happen with health reform?" So for ease of use, I'll just put my prediction here: I think health reform is going to go the...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Elitism?

Amanda Carpenter of the Washington Times tweets, "Feel free to celebrate your un-eliteness if you didn't buy the green shoots argument either." The link takes you to a Pew poll showing that poor Americans consider the economy quite a bit...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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It's Like a Plague

I can't argue with his reasoning -- in fact, it verges on the poignant -- but I'm terribly disappointed that President Barack Obama has taken up golf....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2009; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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So You Say You Want a Constitutional Convention?

New America's Steven Hill had an interesting op-ed in the Los Angeles Times yesterday. California, he said, needs a constitutional convention. Yep. At this point, that's about as controversial as saying Jon and Kate's kids are going to need therapy....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  California  
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Food Matters

As you might expect, I quite liked Nick Kristof's quick tour through the some of the more nightmarish corners of our food production system. "I fervently hope that we’re going to see a public insurance option this year," writes...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2009; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Food  
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Why Barack Obama Should Sit Back and Wait

A lot of commentators are beginning to call for President Obama to take charge of health care directly. Put on your fierce face with Congress, advises Michael Tomasky. Bang some heads together, agrees Todd Gitlin. Be Lyndon Johnson, urges Robert...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2009; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Tab Dump

• Do Americans actually care about the deficit? • The peculiar rigidity of the stripper-memoir genre. • How to escape from the Taliban. Or, at the least, how someone else did. • Nate Silver builds a model showing the connection...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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My Horrible Relationship With Netflix

Matt Yglesias has a quick post on the Netflix movies he rented this weekend. I don't. Because I've had the same three sitting in my drawer for almost two years now. That's literally hundreds of dollars I've donated to Netflix...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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A Question of Rationing

Michael Hiltzik has a smart column explaining the way rationing works in the British health-care system: The most extensive laboratory in the field has been run by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Effectiveness, or NICE, an arm...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Health of Nations  
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Can Skin in the Game Fix The Financial Sector?

I don't tend to think of myself as particularly friendly to the Wall Street version of events over the past few years. I'm more one of those pitchfork-types that the president warned about. But for all my populist rage, I...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Financial Regulation , Solutions  
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You, Me, and Every Financial Regulator We Know

Felix Salmon is right: This sort of financial regulatory arbitrage is some impressively repulsive stuff. And the White House's proposed reforms won't fix it....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Financial Regulation , Solutions  
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Are Negotiations Over The Co-Op Compromise Falling Apart?

It's obviously a big deal that Sen. Chuck Schumer is suggesting that Democrats may need to move forward without significant Republican support if the GOP can't come to some sort of accommodation with the public plan. But I think...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Poetry!

I didn't actually realize that The Washington Post has a poetry section. But we do! And we just published a really beautiful poem by The Nation's Katha Pollitt....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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I'm a Stein's Law Guy Living in a Stein's Law World

The strongest argument against health reform, in my estimation, is the argument from cost. The expansion of coverage to 40 million people is a concrete expense. The cost controls are entirely speculative. There's a not insignificant possibility that the...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Health Economics , Health Reform  
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Lunch Break

President Obama took some time off from health reform to do some stand-up at the Radio and Correspondents Dinner this weekend. Best line? "It is great to be here with so much talent from the world of TV and radio....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Lunch Break  
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A Problem Unique to Private Medicine?

This New York Times' investigation of a rogue cancer unit within a Philadelphia Veteran's Administration hospital is disturbing stuff. In essence, it seems that Dr. Gary Kao has been performing bradychardias -- a treatment for prostate cancer -- with a...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Health Economics , Health Reform  
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Think Tank

It's Monday, so the lefthand sidebar has a new set of papers for you. Enjoy: 1) The Congressional Budget Office takes a look at the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill. 2) Could a "Green Bank" solve our energy and our economic woes?...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Think Tank  
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Climate Change in the United States

The Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the Waxman-Markey climate change bill is making headlines for showing that the legislation wouldn't cost much. But that's only half the question. Their analysis looked at only costs. It did not examine "potential...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Climate Change  
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Why Is Meet the Press Having So Many Problems With Health Care?

"Meet the Press" has really got to step up its game on the health-care debate. Last week, host David Gregory tweeted "Compelling fact today: dem-wh health care plan would only cover 16 of the 50 mill uninsured. That makes it...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Public Wants Fewer Jobs, More Severe Recession

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that emerged last week got a lot of attention for finding that 76 percent of Americans think the choice of a public plan is important for health reform. That cheered progressives, for obvious reasons. But...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Polls  
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How Much Will Cap-and-Trade Cost You?

Last week saw a couple of bad Congressional Budget Office results for health care. But it saw a good CBO result for cap-and-trade. Dave Camp, the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, asked the CBO to take...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 7:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Climate Change  
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