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

Krugman: Health Care Reform Or Else

Health care reform hangs in the balance. Its fate rests with a handful of "centrist" senators -- senators who claim to be mainly worried about whether the proposed legislation is fiscally responsible.

But if they're really concerned with fiscal responsibility, they shouldn't be worried about what would happen if health reform passes. They should, instead, be worried about what would happen if it doesn't pass. For America can't get control of its budget without controlling health care costs" and this is our last, best chance to deal with these costs in a rational way.

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