BLUE DOUBLE CROSS--Paul Krugman op-ed NY Times 5-22-09

Harry and Louise Redux Paul Krugman NYTimes 5-22-09

NY Times op-ed writer, Nobel Prize economist, Paul Krugman points out that even as health industry representatives were meeting with President Obama a week ago in a show of cooperation with his health care reform efforts, they were already prepared to stab him in the back with an ad campaign to block the most crucial reform element--the public insurance option.

Just a week after the Kumbaya meeting at the White House, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina was ready to run a series of ads attacking the public insurance option. The Washington Post has the story boards for the ads and they read just like the infamous Harry and Louise ads that helped kill health care reform in 1993. Meanwhile the health industry is busy lobbying Congress to block the public insurance option.

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ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

No surprises here really. Unless there are some dramatic changes in what Obama is doing, I don't have much optimism for the long term. Quite frankly, I think we're screwed.

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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

I say screwed too. Either way.

Keep on hubbing!

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

Well, that's two for two!

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Doc Snow 7 years ago from Atlanta metropolitan area, GA, USA

I'm Canadian--to me, the "Harry & Louise" ads were really disinformation. (Not that there aren't problems with the system in Canada; but there's no shortage of models in the world. I like what I've heard about the system in Taiwan, for instance.)

It is amazing to me that a system which is not only failing tens of millions completely, but seriously inconveniencing most of the rest on a pretty regular basis, can persist to the degree that it has.

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

I agree. I live across from Windsor and have yet to meet a Canadian who would trade the Canadian for the U.S. system. You bet better results at much lower cost.

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