This IS Ugly! (Updated Again)
by Undies Sided, Fri Feb 01, 2008 at 07:51:22 AM EST
Today's New York Times has a little commentary by Paul Krugman. I will let Mr. Krugman speak for himself as his few words say more than anything I could offer. But please pay attention to the photos below. They show just exactly how far the Obama campaign is willing to go to discredit Hillary Clinton.
The Obama campaign sends out an ugly mailer. Sorry, but this is just destructive -- like the Obama plan, the Clinton plan offers subsidies to lower-income families. And BO himself has conceded that he might have to penalize people who don't buy insurance until they need care. So this is just poisoning the well for health care reform. The politics of hope, indeed.
Perhaps y'all might remember this Republican talking point. You know, the one financed by the Health Care Industry and the Republicans.
Can you say Harry and Louise?Update [2008-2-1 15:20:29 by Undies Sided]: Ezra Klein weighs in on this:
An "automatic sign-up," a la Medicare, would still force Americans into health care they may not want to pay for, or may feel overburdened by. Some seniors feel overburdened by Medicare's cost-sharing now. Meanwhile, Obama not only has a mandate for kids in his own health care plan -- what if the parents can't pay, one might ask? -- but he said, in last night's debate, "If people are gaming the system, there are ways we can address that. By, for example, making them pay some of the back premiums for not having gotten it in the first place." That, of course, is exactly what a mandate does. Gaming the system, in this context, means not purchasing health care. And Obama is now threatening to force them to pay back premiums. That's a harsher penalty than anything Clinton has proposed.Did you get that? a harsher penalty than anything Clinton has proposed
In the end, his plan is not universal, does not attempt to be, and is probably less generous in its affordability provisions than Clinton's. And even so, I wouldn't really care, as it's still a pretty good plan, except that he's decided to respond to the inadequacies of his own policy by fear-mongering against not only better policy, but the type of policy he's probably going to have to eventually adopt. It's very, very short-sighted.Thanks Ezra. They don't call some people experts for nothing.
Update [2008-2-1 23:30:17 by Undies Sided]: Alegre has a wonderful diary about this on Daily Kos. Check it out: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/2/1/221953/2685/436/448063