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Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman takes on ... economics?

The key to bringing the public into the health-care debate.

The bureaucracy of American journalism.

Richard Nixon's health-care reform plan.

Are all budget deficits inflationary?

By Ezra Klein  |  September 3, 2009; 6:15 PM ET
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Regarding the Boston Globe article, the public already has skin in the game because out of pocket costs are rising and employers are dropping coverage. What the author is proposing is simply to accelerate the pain for consumers, so that reform can happen faster. Interesting idea, but political suicide.

Posted by: bmull | September 3, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

All notably good reading.

In the 2nd item (Boston Globe), there's a lot of truth in the statement that "In fact, both sides in this debate need each other."

Regarding the 4th item, I'd be interested to know how the Senators who heard the original message (Inouye, Byrd, and Biden) reacted to it back then versus now.

Posted by: rmgregory | September 3, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

i didnt have access to the paul krugman article.....but he hasnt gotten it so right himself.
his predictions were very extreme, and the economy doesnt seem to be playing out quite as moribundly as he was anticipating.
perhaps he felt "shut out,"
but his pessimism seemed so relentless for awhile, that it started to seem" personal", and, at least to me, it seemed like he was almost hoping for the efforts to fail, in order to prove his point.

i certainly could be wrong....but in the words of spiro agnew, he was certainly a nabob of negativity.

Posted by: jkaren | September 3, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Yikes! Richard Nixon the radical socialist. Who wouldda thought?

Posted by: cmpnwtr | September 3, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Nixon's speech demonstrats the migration of the Republicans over the last 30 years. While his foreign policy and campaigning reflect W and the other Dick, he instituted the EPA and wanted National Health Care domestically.

The Republicans of today have no expansive policy concepts and only push for the negative. The tradgedy of the Bush administration was to demonstrate this.

Posted by: Jaycal | September 4, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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