I spent more time than I had planned answering comments on my Huffington Post piece. I expected it to cause a bit of a stir, but not quite that much. Unfortunately, that left little time to blog here.
Luckily it was a slow news day. So instead, I’m going to send you to some stuff you should read:
1) Austin Frakt published a new study in Health Affairs today. In his words:
As legislators merge and amend the bills before them, it’s worth pausing for a moment and considering what this is all about: real people in real need–millions of uninsured and vulnerable Americans for whom successful reform would bring relief or for whom failure would bring additional years, possibly decades, of struggle
Research released today in the journal Health Affairs, by me with colleagues Steve Pizer and Lisa Iezzoni, shines light on a particularly vulnerable set of Americans in desperate need of health insurance and the access to care it would facilitate.
That’s big deal, and it’s important to recognize original research in this field. Go read his blog post, and if you’re up for it, the whole manuscipt.
2) Ezra Klein delves into the depths of the excise tax for health care reform in two parts. If that’s not enough for you, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has even more.
3) Steve Benen reports that the public option (or some form of it) isn’t dead in the senate yet. Maybe I was too pessimistic…