Friday, July 03, 2009

It's not about the money

Paul Krugman:
Yes, we can
Get more or less universal coverage, that is. The CBO scoring on an incomplete bill sent everyone into a tizzy — and also led to an avalanche of bad reporting, with claims that it said terrible things about the public option. (There was no public option in the bill.)

Now the real thing has been scored — and it’s OK. Something like 97 percent coverage for people already here, at a total cost somewhere in the $1 trillion range. Bear in mind that the Bush tax cuts cost around $1.8 trillion over a decade. We can do this — and have no excuse for not doing it.

There is a lot of fearmongering around the cost of healthcare reform. If any of those screaming about cost just happen to have voted for or otherwise supported W's tax cuts, then they have zero credibility and may be dismissed out of hand. I wish the tradmed would point this out and just laugh at them. They have no claim on public air waves.

Arm yourselves with facts, people, so you can counteract codswallop.

h/t to John Aravosis at Americablog

--the BB

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