Here is what Paul Krugman says in his column on the New York Times online:
December 9, 2009, 8:48 am
The health care compromise
Here’s what’s being reported. No public option, but a trigger which is unlikely to be pulled. But some good stuff in exchange: nonprofit plans available through the exchanges, plus Medicare buy-ins for the 55-65 set (me! me! me!).
If this is the final plan, it’s better than most of us were expecting — and definitely good enough to go with.
Good enough for what? Does it make health care more affordable (affordable does not mean you can now buy it because the government is subsidizing your premium by the way), is the quality of your health care raised or will it be raised because of “good enough?” Is there any benefit for the millions of Americans with health insurance today? Does it take steps to solve the financial woes of Medicare (cutting payments and gutting Part C are not the answer).
If “good enough” is expanding coverage for some into a flawed system and creating more demand thereby setting the stage for further uncontrolled health care spending, then yes, it is good enough.