Monday, March 22, 2010

Healthcare "reform" passes: Roundup

It has passed. Well, something has passed, at least. It isn't single-payer, it doesn't even contain a public option, and it doesn't even pretend to insure everyone. Here's a look at today's opining (sans the expected Republican hysterics which will only get your blood boiling):

Timothy Noah at Slate gets hopeful about the future of healthcare, based on the student loan reforms in the bill, which cut out private banking middlemen.

Jon Walker at FDL details the six greatest flaws of the bill.

Jos at feministing breaks down the good (more people will have insurance) and the bad (anti-woman, anti-immigrant).

Ezra Klein is doing some hard work over at his WaPo blog, trying to explain the ins and outs of the bill and when they go into effect. Particularly interesting is his effort to put the size of what is being called the biggest social policy bill ever into some real perspective.

Dana Goldstein at The Daily Beast on what a betrayal Obama's last-minute executive order is for reproductive rights.

HuffPo lays out ten immediate benefits you might get from the bill.

And Dr. Margaret Flowers at Monthly Review calls this "a step backwards"

And former Bush speechwriter David Frum says healthcare reform will be Republicans' Waterloo, lamenting:
No illusions please: This bill will not be repealed. Even if Republicans scored a 1994 style landslide in November, how many votes could we muster to re-open the “doughnut hole” and charge seniors more for prescription drugs? How many votes to re-allow insurers to rescind policies when they discover a pre-existing condition? How many votes to banish 25 year olds from their parents’ insurance coverage? And even if the votes were there – would President Obama sign such a repeal?

1 comment:

T said...

Helen Redmond from SW weighs in:

http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/19/worse-than-nothing