Monday, July 6, 2009

A Concise Statement of the Problem - Health Care

In this brief blog post, Mark Kleiman makes the following concise, profound statement of why we are where we are today in the health care debate.
"The biggest miscalculation made by the Clinton health care team was their bet that corporate executives would act out of corporate self-interest rather than class solidarity. If GM and Chrysler execs, and the execs of the other rustbelt companies with big legacy health-care costs, had acted in the interest of their shareholders and employees rather than in the interests of their business-school classmates and fellow high-bracket taxpayers, those two firms might not be bankrupt today, and we'd have a halfway-civilized health care finance system."

Single payer, national heatlh care makes our industries (or what's left of them) more competitive. It's good for the workers and it's good for the employers. Why is this so hard to understand?

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