New York Times columnist Paul Krugman declares that national health care reform will pass, and it'll be pretty good too. His analysis is based on an assessment of Massachusetts' reforms (despite real problems with affordability and cost controls, our system, with near-universal coverage, is still fairly popular). Krugman writes:
Conservatives insist (and hope) that reform will fail, and that there will be a huge popular backlash. Some progressives worry that they might be right, that the imperfections of reform — what we’re about to get will be far from ideal — will be so severe as to undermine public support. And many critics complain, with some justice, that the planned reform won’t do much to contain rising costs.
But the experience in Massachusetts, which passed major health reform back in 2006, should dampen conservative hopes and soothe progressive fears.
This program aired on October 26, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.