Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Healthcare quote of the day

Jonathan Chait:
The distance between the status quo anda perfect bill is so vast that we could have something that's both a massive, historical improvement and a crushing disappointment. That's what I think we'll get.
Aw, come on, Jon. How about a bill that's a moderate disappointment with flaws that can be chipped away in followup legislation? E.G., cost-control measures with real teeth, like global payment systems. It's possible that partial success in the initial bill -- say, expanded coverage with weak cost control -- will create both the momentum and the imperative for subsequent fixes. As may be happening in Massachusetts.

We can dream, can't we?

1 comment:

  1. It's interesting that he thinks it's even possible to pass a bill that's a massive improvement and a crushing disappointment at the same time. That means that either (1) doing universal healthcare badly is a lot better than doing nothing or (2) he is easily disapointed.