The Agenda

NRO’s domestic-policy blog, by Reihan Salam.

Kling Says It Best


At Atlantic Business, Arnold Kling writes,

The Republicans are not beating up on Obama for reinforcing the status quo. On the contrary, their tactic is to portray the Obama plan as something that is radical and threatening. Maybe that message helps them politically. But it undermines any possibility of a real debate about which direction to take in health care policy. 

I would like to see a debate between reforms that free up health care market and policies that entrench the status quo. The fact that the Republicans are not engaging in that debate is just one more reason for believers in markets to view Republicans as unreliable allies.

I’ll just note that creating a functioning healthcare marketplace will require serious changes in the way we regulate and finance healthcare. I’m guessing that I favor more redistribution than Kling, but I agree that we need to be more ambitious rather than less.  


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