Harry, Louise and Barack

"...this is some of the best policy news I've heard in a long time."
Paul Krugman
Paul Krugrm happy? I'm faklempt.

From Paul Krugman:

Six major industry players — including America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a descendant of the lobbying group that spawned Harry and Louise — have sent a letter to President Obama sketching out a plan to control health care costs. What’s more, the letter implicitly endorses much of what administration officials have been saying about health economics.

Are there reasons to be suspicious about this gift? You bet — and I’ll get to that in a bit. But first things first: on the face of it, this is tremendously good news.


I would strongly urge the Obama administration to hang tough in the bargaining ahead. In particular, AHIP will surely try to use the good will created by its stance on cost control to kill an important part of health reform: giving Americans the choice of buying into a public insurance plan as an alternative to private insurers. The administration should not give in on this point.


I still won’t count my health care chickens until they’re hatched. But this is some of the best policy news I’ve heard in a long time.

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