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Ezra Klein: September 13, 2009 - September 19, 2009

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1) Why government has such trouble cutting spending. 2) Ron Brownstein thinks Baucus got a lot right. 3) Jonathan Yardley reviews Kennedy's memoir, "True Compass." I've been reading a copy, and have been shocked at how good it is. 4)...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 19, 2009; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Good Manners and the United States Senate

The Massachusetts Senate seems likely to follow the House and approve legislation appointing a replacement for Ted Kennedy, but they're not comfortable with it. It makes them feel dirty. After all, in 2004, when John Kerry was running for...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 18, 2009; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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My One and Only Post on ACORN. Hopefully.

I haven't really written anything about the ACORN scandal, as it's just a transparent and cynical waste of everyone's time. But I do think Michael Tomasky gets the bigger picture right. So head over there if you want some commentary....

By Ezra Klein  |  September 18, 2009; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Atul Gawande for Senate?

I like the idea of appointing Dr. Atul Gawande as an interim senator to Ted Kennedy's seat. No one knows health care better, and few have been as influential in this process. I'd worry that Atul himself would find it...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 18, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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The 50 Best Foods in the World, and Where to Eat Them

The Guardian, in a transparent and sure-to-be-successful bid for links, rounds up the 50 best foods in the world, and tells you where to eat them. I've had two: California cuisine at Chez Panisse, and ravioli at Babbo. only one...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 18, 2009; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Food  
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The Money Problem, Cont'd

The more people I talk to and the more reporting I read, the more convinced I am that health-care reform still faces the money problem. The unions hate the excise tax because it increases the cost of their benefits. Senators...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 18, 2009; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Thank You, Science

This is the best headline The Washington Post has run in some time: Politicians' Tweets Self-Promotional, Study Finds Yeah. I'll bet they are....

By Ezra Klein  |  September 18, 2009; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The Importance of Rockefeller and Wyden

To put today's two interviews in a bit of context, both Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Sen. Ron Wyden are members of the Finance Committee. Both of them are unhappy. And both of them matter. They matter enough that on Wednesday,...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 18, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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What's Wrong With the Finance Committee Bill? An Interview With Sen. Ron Wyden.

Sen. Ron Wyden is another Finance Committee Democrat unhappy with the Baucus's initial proposal. Wyden's Healthy Americans Act, co-sponsored with Sen. Bob Bennett, is widely regarded as a good piece of legislation that's simply too radical for the current...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 18, 2009; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Health Reform , Interviews  
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Government Hearts Homeowners

There's a pretty good chance that I'll be eligible for the first-time homebuyer tax credit this year, which is nice for me. Budget wonk Pete Davis, however, thinks it's bad for everyone else. Which seems to be how most tax...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 18, 2009; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Taxes  
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Massachusetts Legislature on Track to Appoint Kennedy Replacement

The effort to appoint a successor to Ted Kennedy seems to be moving forward with fair speed: After hours of testy debate, the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Thursday approved legislation allowing Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint an interim successor...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 18, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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What's Wrong With the Finance Bill? An Interview With Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) chairs the Finance Committee's Health Care Subcommittee. His support will be crucial -- maybe even decisive – in getting health-care reform out of the Finance Committee. And he's been very public about his unhappiness with the...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 18, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Health Reform , Interviews  
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Happy Days for Health Reform?

Robert Pear interviews Olympia Snowe, who says exactly the right thing: Senator Olympia J. Snowe, Republican of Maine, voiced the same concern. In an interview with The New York Times and CNBC, Ms. Snowe said that for her to support...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 18, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Tab Dump

• Rethinking the worth of bipartisanship. • Ron Wyden writes an op-ed. • Who needs the mortgage-interest deduction? • I'm influential, but not as influential as at least 48 other people. • I also do a fair amount of TV....

By Ezra Klein  |  September 17, 2009; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Reporting!

Blogging may be a bit slow this afternoon as I'm heading to the Hill for some ol' fashioned reporting....

By Ezra Klein  |  September 17, 2009; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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What Does the Congressional Budget Office Do? An Interview With Doug Elmendorf.

The Congressional Budget Office is normally a sleepy place where budget wonks prepare little-read estimates on the cost of legislation. Right now, however, it's the center of the legislative universe: Its judgment of how much health-care reform will cost, save...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 17, 2009; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Budget , Interviews  
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Max Baucus's Legitimacy Problem

If Max Baucus had brought out the exact same bill in late June, the reaction would have been very different. The subsidies would have been criticized, and so too would the co-op provisions. But it would basically have been...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 17, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Chuck Grassley's Legislative Tease

Chuck Grassley would be a really terrible guy to date: Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) would have been able to craft a health bill with broad bipartisan support had he been given more time, a key Senate colleague claimed Thursday....

By Ezra Klein  |  September 17, 2009; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Chat Transcript: Health Care, Top Chef and Your Favorite Beatle

Washington, DC: Eazy-E, I don't get the logic behind the free-rider provision. Is the thought that person A is getting subsidies, so if a company hires them and gives them health insurance, then they can use that subsidy on something...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 17, 2009; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Ignoring Innovation

Jim Henley has a question for some of his friends on the libertarian right: So tell me: The argument is that if we further nationalize health-care financing it will mean reducing expenditures which will mean squeezing the profits of Pharma...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 17, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Health Economics  
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Live Chat Threats

I've got a Post live chat at noon eastern today. Send questions, or join in, and I won't have to kill you. Excuse me, I probably won't have to kill you....

By Ezra Klein  |  September 17, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama's Secret Plan to Save Money on Missile Defense

I'm glad to see the Obama administration abandoning the really dumb and provocative long-range missile defense system based in Poland and the Czech Republic and replacing it with a short-range missile defense system that's sea-based with sites in (probably) Romania,...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 17, 2009; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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The $140 Billion Tax

James Kwak is gets this exactly right: One reason the Baucus bill is “cheaper” than the House bill is that it has lower subsidies. For illustration, let’s assume that the whole $140 billion difference is due to lower subsidies. Relative...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 17, 2009; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Max Baucus Has a Posse

Sen. Max Baucus is not a popular man right now. And he's particularly unpopular among the Democrats on his committee. He locked them out of negotiations in order to secure Republican votes, created a bill they didn't like to make...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 17, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Morning Meetinging

I'll be on MSNBC's Morning Meeting With Dylan Ratigan from 9am to 10:45am Eastern Standard Time. Your Standard Time may vary, but the show won't: it'll have Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Anthony Weiner, and lots of meetings....

By Ezra Klein  |  September 17, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Five Ways to Improve Max Baucus's Bill

There's a lot more to say about the provisions in Baucus's bill, and perhaps I'll continue picking through the legislation tomorrow. But we basically covered the big-ticket items today. Max Baucus's bill is a very good platform with some...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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The Baucus Bill: Taxing Insurers

The big revenue item in Baucus's bill is the so-called "excise tax" on high-cost insurance plans. The bill envisions a 35 percent surtax on plans costing more than $8,000 for an individual, or $21,000 for a family. According to the...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Baucus Bill: Public Programs

This section of the bill is actually pretty cheering. Medicaid now has a floor at 133 percent of poverty for all adults, with the federal government paying the lion's share of the expansion. The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) now...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on Baucus's Plan

There's no think tank in Washington that I have more respect for than the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. So I take this seriously. They say the Baucus plan is fiscally responsible, doesn't have enough in subsidies, and the...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Baucus Bill: CBO Luvs It

The Congressional Budget Office has released its preliminary score (pdf) of Max Baucus's bill. According to the CBO, the bill covers 94 percent of legal residents and actually reduces the deficit. More to the point, it keeps reducing the...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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The Baucus Bill: The Neutered Co-Ops

The co-ops have never been a satisfying alternative to the public option. But the version in Baucus's bill isn't even a satisfying alternative to the co-op option. It's a neutered version of the co-op idea, which was in turn a...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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The Baucus Bill: The Worst Policy in the Bill, and Possibly in the World

Baucus's bill retains the noxious "free rider" provision on employers. Rather than a simple employer mandate that forces every employer over a certain size to provide health-care insurance or pay a small fee, the free rider approach penalizes employers...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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The Baucus Bill: Individual Mandates

Anyone who would have to spend more than 10 percent of his or her income to purchase the minimum plan is exempt. For those of us above 300 percent, the cost of forgoing insurance coverage is $980 a year. The...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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The Baucus Bill: Affordability

This hasn't really changed from the framework Baucus released last week. So let me direct you to this post, or better yet, Nick Beaudrot's terrific analysis of how the Baucus bill compares to Massachusetts, and to a hypothetical version of...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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The Baucus Bill: What the Plans Must Offer

From pages 17-18: All plans must provide preventive and primary care, emergency services, hospitalization, physician services, outpatient services, day surgery and related anesthesia, diagnostic imaging and screenings (including x-rays), maternity and newborn care, pediatric services (including dental and vision), medical/surgical...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Baucus Plan: State Insurance Regulation, National Plans

One of the big questions with insurance offerings is who regulates the plans, and how. Currently, regulation is done at the state level. Republicans don't like this, and neither do Democrats, and neither do insurers. It means every insurer needs...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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The Baucus Plan and the Exchanges

Color me impressed. I've argued before that the Health Insurance Exchanges are the most important piece of health-care reform, and they're being unacceptably weakened and constrained. The House bill, for instance, specifically allows businesses with only 20 or fewer people...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Insurance Cost Variation in Baucus's Bill

I'll be digging through the America’s Healthy Future Act today and blogging the parts that strike me as important. One of them comes right at the beginning: the rules for how much insurers can charge different kinds of applicants. Right...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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'America's Healthy Future Act'

You can download Max Baucus's bill, the America’s Healthy Future Act, here. And you should. By tradition, the Finance Committee's Chairman's Mark (the first draft of the bill) is written in plain English, rather than legislative-speak, so it's actually comprehensible...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Happy Max Baucus Bill Day!

Max Baucus will release the Chairman's Mark -- the official first draft of his bill -- later today. But things are not going according to plan. He's got a bill full of the compromises meant to attract Republican support, but...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Kent Conrad and the 'Annie Hall' Theory of Health-Care Reform

Kent Conrad is chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and one of the chamber's loudest, and most powerful, deficit hawks. On Tuesday, for instance, he directed the Congressional Budget Office to score the impact of health-care reform over a...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 16, 2009; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Tab Dump

1) Mavericky economist William Buiter is not happy with Obama. 2) Does a more efficient tax system lead to a larger government? 3) Contrary to Tyler Cowen's implication, adding a prescription drug benefit to Medicare was a liberal idea. The...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 15, 2009; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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The Problem With the Ag Committees

Food policy advocates aren't too pleased about Sen. Blanche Lincoln's ascension to chairwoman of the Senate Agricultural Committee. Lobbyists, however, are. “We couldn’t have handpicked a chairman better than this," said Mary Kay Thatcher, director of public policy for the...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 15, 2009; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Watching Wall Street Watch Obama

Andrew Ross Sorkin was in the audience for Obama's speech on financial regulation on Monday. But he wasn't watching the speech. He was watching the audience. They didn't like it, or at least they didn't like the important parts. As...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 15, 2009; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Financial Regulation  
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A Number Is Worth a Thousand Words

The Kaiser Family Foundation's latest Employer Benefits Survey is out, and they've got some numbers worth remembering. The average cost of a family health insurance policy in 2009 was $13,375. Over the past ten years, premiums have increased by 131...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 15, 2009; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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The Bush Presidency in One Line

Former Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer has a searing look at the final days of the Bush White House in this month's GQ. It begins in the moments at the bottom of the financial crisis, when serious people were saying...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 15, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Financial Crisis  
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Too Hot for Health-Care Reform

The Brookings Institution got a lot of press last week for a report on bending the cost curve on health care. David Brooks used his column in the New York Times to ask Obama to read it. The implication was...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 15, 2009; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Lunch Break

Am I the only one looking forward to Rep. Joe Wilson's new reality show? "YOU LIE" with Joe Wilson from Corbin Bernsen...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 15, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Replacing GDP

Joseph Stiglitz has been researching the inadequacies of using GDP as a measure of societal well-being recently, and he presents some of his early argument over at the Guardian. The big question concerns whether GDP provides a good measure of...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 15, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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War of the Wonks

The highly respected Institute of Medicine is preparing a direct challenge to the estimates of the highly respected Congressional Budget Office. Bloomberg's Tim Mullaney reports: The U.S. can cut health-care spending by $250 billion a year within a decade, a...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 15, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Health-Care Spending Growth Around the World

Observers don't get very excited about the fact that China's economic growth is frequently three or four times what America enjoys. It doesn't mean that China's economy is three or four times better, or its model is somehow desirable. Rather,...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 15, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Health of Nations  
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Do Speeches Work?

Nate Silver looks at the polls to see whether Obama's speech had any measurable impact. Rasmussen gave Obama a seven-point bump, The Washington Post-ABC poll saw a one point improvement, and CBS saw Obama's approval ratings jump 12 points. Nate...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 15, 2009; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Barack Obama , Political Science  
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Affordability in the Baucus Bill

Jon Cohn snagged a useful internal Finance Committee memo (pdf) outlining how Max Baucus's bill would affect families at different income levels. This table conveys the key information, and you can click through it for a larger version Crucially, this...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 15, 2009; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Bin Laden (Ft. T-Pain)

If God didn't want Osama bin Laden autotuned, he wouldn't have invented Spencer Attackerman. "This is death of bin Ladotune," writes Spencer, "moment of silence."...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 15, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Why the Chinese Worry About Our Health-Care System

Americans worry that their policymakers have left them vulnerable by allowing the Chinese to buy up so much of our currency. The Chinese, however, worry that their policymakers have left them vulnerable by buying up so much of our currency....

By Ezra Klein  |  September 15, 2009; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  China  
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Tab Dump

1) How the absence of universal dental insurance caused the housing crisis. 2) Joseph Stiglitz on why you shouldn't trust GDP as a measure of national well-being. 3) Where are health-care costs rising the fastest? (Though remember, the denominators are...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2009; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Doctors Support the Public Option

That's the conclusion of a national poll conducted by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. The survey included more than 5,000 doctors spread across an array of specialties, and asked two sets of questions. The first gauged support for a public...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2009; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Health Reform , Polls  
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How Do You Count the Uninsured?

In my chat last week, I got a bunch of questions on how to count the uninsured, and whether this or that number was legit, and whether this wasn't really all illegal immigrants and dumb teenagers. The answer, essentially, is...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2009; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Health Coverage , Health Reform  
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The Department of Bad News

Dylan Ratigan has one of the better pieces celebrating Lehman Day (which marks the beginning of the bailout season in the Druid calendar). At this point, the country — and in particular, the chattering class — has done a much...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Financial Regulation , Solutions  
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Chait vs. Rand

I can't think of anything particularly funny or trenchant to say about Jon Chait's devastating essay on Ayn Rand and Objectivism. It falls into that too-good-to-blog category, where it says everything that should be said, and does so more gracefully...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2009; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Compromises

Asked about the public option trigger on CBS's Face the Nation, Sen. Olympia Snowe was clear and unequivocal. "It's not on the table," she said. "And it won't be." Huh? This was, after all, Snowe's idea. But her colleague and...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Mr. West

I missed Lunch Break today because I'm on a work PC (shudder) and it doesn't have Flash 10 and I can't install it because I lack admin privileges. All in all, quite a fail. The video I would've linked you...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2009; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Gonna Party Like It's 1979

There's not a particularly good reason that I spent my lunch hour reading James Fallows's 1979 article assessing the failures the Carter administration, but I did it anyway. And this bit caught my eye: I was led on myself by...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2009; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Government , History  
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Obama's Financial Regulation Speech

This is probably the key rhetorical move in Obama's speech on financial regulation: While full recovery of the financial system will take a great deal more time and work, the growing stability resulting from these interventions means we are...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2009; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Financial Regulation , Solutions  
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The Federalist Compromise

This, from a smart reader, seems like a better compromise than a "trigger": Maybe we should be allowing states to choose if they bring in a public option themselves? At least we can get CA, NY, and many of the...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2009; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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The Case for Insuring Illegal Immigrants

I've pretty much given up on attempting to fight xenophobia with wonkery, but just for fun, here's Newsweek's Andrew Romano arguing that the problem isn't that health-care reform won't include illegal immigrants. It's that it doesn't, and it should:...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2009; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Glass Half Full

Fareed Zakaria looks on the bright side in Afghanistan. It is worth reminding ourselves that Afghanistan is not in free fall. The number of civilian deaths, while grim, is less than a tenth the number in Iraq in 2006. In...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Afghanistan  
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Shiny!

My friends over at Barnes and Nobles' book review supersite have unveiled a snazzy new design. Have at it, book lovers....

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Books  
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'An Appendage of the Organism'

I'd be curious to hear from any conservative commentators who don't think Hendrik Hertzberg's diagram of the modern Republican Party is accurate: The town-meeting shouters may be the organism’s hands and feet, but its heart -- also, Heaven help us,...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2009; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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The Tea Party vs. the Polls

Remember when the Iraq War protests stopped the Iraq War? Yeah. Me neither. Nor, for that matter, does Fox News, or Rush Limbaugh, which leaves me a bit confused by their joyous reaction to the Tea Party that took...

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2009; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Health Reform , Polls  
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