Ezra Klein in Bloomberg View on Republicans and universal health care For decades, Klein writes, both parties shared the desire to achieve universal health care coverage; they just disagreed on the means. Today, Mitt Romney's proposals are likely to reduce coverage. "In part, this is because the Republican Party continues to be in opposition mode. Having jettisoned their support for the individual mandate in order to fight a Democratic bill with the mandate at its core, Republicans simply have no policies that could plausibly lead to universal coverage," Klein writes. [U]nlike in past elections ... voters this year will choose between one party that supports universal health care and one that doesn't, with health insurance for as many as 50 million voters hanging in the balance."
Sallie Krawcheck in The Washington Post on women in finance Krawcheck, a former Bank of America executive, uses The Atlantic's cover story as occasion to discuss diversity in the financial sector. "[W]ith all the debate our nation has had on how to reduce risk in our large banks and avoid a repeat of the industry's violent boom-and-bust cycle, a real discussion has never taken place on diversity in the financial sector," Krawcheck writes. Studies show that women often approach risk more cautiously, and focus better on the long-term -- qualities the banks could use. The downturn, she says, has accelerated a homogeneous management's tendency to promote those that resemble them. "One could also argue that emerging from the economic downturn with even more homogeneous management teams is a big fail."