If the health care debate seems like a hopeless morass, it's largely because moneyed interests want it to look that way. Matt Taibbi reminds us that the most fundamental issue is simple: Who pays, and how?
The Senate Finance Committee is preparing to debate a health care bill that doesn't meet the needs of America's working families. Nor does it meet the standards Obama laid out in his address to Congress.
Obama said that "nothing else even comes close" to health care expenditures in terms of causing the federal deficit. In fact, something does -- the military budget -- but that topic is off limits for some reason.
There was much to like in President Obama's health care reform speech to a joint session of Congress. But we need to remember that medical insurance reform of any kind is doomed without medical content reform.
If every older person were guaranteed a physician with time to talk about life and ways to live it more fully, as well as to discuss the best ways to deal with the inevitability of death, debates about "death panels" would wither.