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Health Care Non Sequiturs

Cbo health choices cost esitamte

by Patrick Appel

Conor Clarke whacks Lieberman for saying that we shouldn't do health care until after the recession:

As you can see, the real costs do not phase in until 2013. So there are three possible ways to make sense of Lieberman's argument. (1) Lieberman thinks the recession will extend into 2013. (2) Lieberman is referring to a cost estimate that no one else has seen. (3) Lieberman's argument is self-refuting: It makes no sense even if you accept his premise that we shouldn't pay for health-care reform in the middle of a recession. I vote for (3).

Suderman, meanwhile, takes on Michael Steele's spirited defense of Medicare.