03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Thomas Frank: Conservatives Treating Health Insurers Like 'Panda Bears' That Need 'Our Nurturing'

In June 2008, I used this space to call on then-Sen. Barack Obama to add economist James K. Galbraith's book, "The Predator State," to his reading list. As an account of the capture of government by private interests, I thought it would make a far more useful guide to contemporary political economy than the market-glorifying texts that were still in fashion in those days.

I don't know if Mr. Obama ever took my advice.

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