Since the last two posts were very down on the administration, let me say that the initial leaks on health care are encouraging. The supposed commitment of $634 billion to health care reform isn’t quite enough to pay for the subsidies that are an essential part of a universal-care system, but it’s not ridiculously short, either. It’s beginning to look as if Obama’s really going to go through with this — and if he gets us to universality, his legacy will be secure.
The Obama administration plans to set up a “reserve fund,” that is President Obama’s “attempt to demonstrate how the country could extend health insurance to millions more Americans and at the same time begin to control escalating medical bills that threaten the solvency of families, businesses and the government.”
It’s a start and damn good one at this point.