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1) Life as part of Andrew Sullivan's brain.

2) "Those at the top are separated from the consequences of their actions."

3) Some perspective on Copenhagen.

4) Those rare moments when the legislative process actually make legislation better.

5) The virtues of energy meters.

Recipe of the day: Baked egg with prosciutto and tomato.

I'll be on Olbermann tonight about 8:10 eastern.

By Ezra Klein  |  December 14, 2009; 6:33 PM ET
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Right on Mark Schmitt. Remember that what is today Medicare Part B was developed as a competing plan to original Medicare (originally they were creating Medicare to be hospital-only, to avoid the shrill hysterics of the AMA) by Sen James Byrnes.

Speaker Wilbur Mills decided to bring Byrnes in by combining Byrnes' alternative bill w/the hospital-focused Medicare. Today, Medicare Part A is roughly what Mills had crafted out of proposals going back to Truman, and Part B is Byrnes' bill.

Posted by: ThomasEN | December 14, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Just one day later, Mark Schmitt looks like a total fool. Well deserved.

Posted by: Gray62 | December 14, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

This is the largest transfer of wealth from middle class taxpayers and seniors to the insurance and drug industry this country has ever seen.

The Senate bill may pass but it will never be implemented.

Posted by: cautious | December 15, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Ezra, WRT your general assessment of Lieberman's motivations, are you subconsciously cribbing from Tom Tomorrow?:

Posted by: poliwog | December 15, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

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