Health Care: Let’s Make a Deal…or Not

[This is a summary of some ideas from longer pieces I posted on my own blog. 1 2.]

This has been Barack Obama’s Let’s Make a Deal! It seems very clear that Obama is much more interested in making deals than making deals that are good for the majority of Americans. We got a bad deal; let’s not beat each other up over the process. The only certain outcome of this deal is that insurance companies will make out like bandits for a while. Some people (mostly well-off) will get better health care, some (mostly less well-off) will not. It’s clear from the form of the deal that improving health care was not the primary goal of the deal.

So let’s not beat each other up over it, heh?