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1) Nate Silver thinks progressives are crazy to oppose the Senate bill.

2) A primer on reconciliation.

3) John Cassidy's interview with the late, great Paul Samuelson.

4) Adam Green lays out the hard-line strategy progressives would have liked to see on health care.

5) Ben Nelson still has concerns.

Recipe of the day: Remember when I asked you guys for a good holiday punch? I settled on a recipe from Bon Appetit. Take four lemon peels and muddle them with a cup of sugar. Let sit for 30 minutes. Muddle again, and pour a cup of boiling water into the sugar/peels. Strain into the punch bowl. Add a cup of lemon juice, three or four cups good cognac, one cup good sherry and four cups of water. Grate some nutmeg over the top and serve. Oh, and use an ice block.

Also, I'm on Charlie Rose tonight.

By Ezra Klein  |  December 15, 2009; 7:50 PM ET
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Is Paul Krugman finally ready, to use his powerful voice to oppose the filibuster (at the strategically right time)?

This is exciting!

He wrote today in his blog, "And we really need to talk about changing the way the Senate works; at this rate we’re well on our way to becoming a failed state."


Posted by: RichardHSerlin | December 15, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Average $5000 out of pocket? Do you really believe the BS, Nate Silver? That seems wrong. Most data I have shows average out of pocket closer at under $800 per year. The distribution is very steep at the end, with the top 1% spending closer to $9000.

Posted by: staticvars | December 15, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

So I'm watching you getting interviewed by Charlie Rose and everything is going just great, I'm nodding my head and agreeing -- and you're talking about how Congress is broken and we won't be able to pass cap-and-trade (nod) and [jobs?] (nod) and 'the entitlements crisis' (WTF!!! you are drinking the WashingtonPost Koolaid! you were doing so well and now all of a suddent 'entitlements crisis' joins your (formerly accurately, wonky) vocabulary)

Would you mind explaining again what 'the entitlements crisis' is exactly, once you take health care out of the mix?

Or was your point that This HCR bill proves that we cannot get a handle on health care costs and Medicare really is going to eat the entire budget unless 'medical entitlements' really are reformed?

Do I need to go find Orzag's graph showing Social Security as a constant portion of GDP?

Please admit, it was just a slip of the lip, right?

Posted by: grooft | December 15, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

You're a 'journalist' Ezra? You expose and betray yourself by the use of 'we' and 'our' in your 'interview' with Charlie Rose~ You're just a political flak for the Socialist Democrat Party.

The American public does NOT want this healthcare bill by almost a 2 to 1 margin.
Tricks and Blue Smoke- that's the duplicitous Socialist Democrat Party.

Posted by: jessecal | December 16, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Good job on show, but I'm wondering what you're confident will pass.

For nearly a tril we'll get most covered, but we won't control costs until the levee breaks?


and jessecal, I so wish the Democratic Party were socialists. Then we might have a two-party system. While granted Mr. Klein has opinions, you can't fight knowledge with mouth gas.

Posted by: eprogelist | December 16, 2009 5:15 AM | Report abuse

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