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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Krugman Shouts Out Nick Beaudrot, Former JRE Supporter

Today my friend TomP, who writes a lot of diaries at the Daily Kos and Docudharma, e-mailed a few folks to inform us that our fellow JRE supporter and blogger, Nick Beaudrot, had a shout out from Nobel Prize winner, economist, and NYT columnist Paul Krugman on his blog today.

Here is the flow diagram by Nick that Krugman thinks simplifies what the current plan for health insurance reform should do:

Source: Donkeylicious

This makes perfect sense to me as it did to Paul Krugman.

Nick and I were bloggers together for the JRE campaign in 2007 until JRE suspended the campaign in late Jan 2008. I sent Nick a SMS to congratulate him on this shout-out.

I wonder if Krugman knew that Nick was a JRE supporter, especially as Krugman always thought JRE's health care proposals were the most progressive amongst the major candidates. I didn't ask Nick if he was personally acquainted with Krugman. Figured that was not my business.

Now, if Obama would only sell the diagram to Blue Dogs and the hijackers on the Senate Finance Committee. Max Baucus, are you listening?

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  • While it's a good start, a couple of things are missing from the flow chart. Those who are underinsured need access to health care that will provide for them at least to the extent of those on Medicare/Medicaid or full employer provided insurance. Further, even that employer provided insurance must be affordable. For too many people, the individual share of the cost of insurance is becoming burdensome.

    At the end of the day, health care insurance reform needs to provide equal access to care for all. Anything less is recreating the current system that in essence deems some people less worthy than others.

    We need both a mandate (why is it acceptable to require auto insurance but not health insurance?) and a public option.

    By Blogger indyvoter, at 5:54 PM  

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    By Blogger benny06, at 5:56 PM  

  • Actually, Nick does bring up the Medicaid option for the uninsured. Check the right side of Medicaid expansion:

    By Blogger benny06, at 5:59 PM  

  • Only a fool (i.e. Paul Krugman) would think that the 122million covered under employer sponsored health care are going to stay there with ObamaCare. I know of 17 employees who will be "flowed" to the bottom of this chart. Once the 25 million balloons to 150 million on the public option, what do you think the deficit will be?
    Look at history for a change!
    Look at what has happened to the State-run public options, like TennCare in Tennessee, and how quickly they all went bust.
    Or don't look at history and go ahead and repeat it on a macro level!

    By Blogger TedNugent, at 11:56 AM  

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