Writing on his blog tonight, Paul Krugman said:
Health care reform - which is crucial for millions of Americans -
hangs in the balance. Progressives are desperately in need of
leadership; more specifically, House Democrats need to be told to pass
the Senate bill, which isn't what they wanted but is vastly better than
nothing. And what
we get from the great progressive hope, the man who was offering
hope and change, is this:
I would advise that we try to move quickly to coalesce
around those elements of the package that people agree on. We know that
we need insurance reform, that the health insurance companies are taking
advantage of people. We know that we have to have some form of cost
containment because if we don't, then our budgets are going to blow up
and we know that small businesses are going to need help so that they
can provide health insurance to their families. Those are the core, some
of the core elements of, to this bill. Now I think there's some things
in there that people don't like and legitimately don't like.
In short, "Run away, run away"!
Maybe House Democrats can pull this out, even with a gaping hole in
White House leadership. Barney Frank seems
to have thought better of his initial defeatism. But I have to say,
I'm pretty close to giving up on Mr. Obama, who seems determined to
confirm every doubt I and others ever had about whether he was ready to
fight for what his supporters believed in.