The Daily Scoop: Health-care reform – Succeeding by failing


EZRA KLEIN’S latest Bloomberg column nicely captures the oddity of the American debate over health-care reform. Mr Klein notes that the plan for Medicare reform in Paul Ryan’s latest budget plan is hard to distinguish from Obamacare (which turned two years old today). That might seem ironic if Obamacare weren’t basically the policy Republicans had been defending for years as an alternative to Democratic single-payer proposals. The result is a peculiar sort of convergence even as the two parties try to push the health-care system in different directions.

….. if the Republicans knock down Obamacare, one way or another, Democrats will push a Medicare-for-everybody single-payer plan.

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