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Douthat wants a smaller bill:

[E]ven as a hypothetical, the more modest plan is instructive. Per the Journal, it would insure half as many people as the House and Senate bills 15 million, all told at a quarter of the cost. 15 million happens to be roughly the number of American citizens who don’t have insurance, aren’t already eligible for Medicaid or S-CHIP, and make less than 300 percent of the poverty line. Which suggests that you can do some of the most morally urgent work of health care reform without a mandate or price controls, and at a fraction of the current legislation’s price tag.

Chait says Ross is mistaken.

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