22 January 2008

Health wonkery

Over at TAP, Ezra Klein has an excellent revisionist history of the Clinton Health Plan debacle of 1994, with an insightful lesson on why it failed: the Clinton team, inexperienced and distracted, did not adequately prioritize the issue, spent their political capital elsewhere, and put the policy before the politics.

He also reviews the current situation and makes the case for why and how 2009 might be different.

Key stat that I did not know:
[a key index of the cost of health care is] the ratio of family premiums to median family income. In 1987, it was 7 percent. Today it's 17 percent.

Well worth a read. And maybe a little cause for hope.

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