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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 4, 2019, 12:34 PM

6. No, Krugman said experts will debate whether her math is accurate. He basically just gave her an


A for effort, made it clear he thinks the public option is much more feasible, and even suggested Democrats talk less about health care.

He thinks Warren might be able to achieve some of her more modest goals IF she "wins big" next year.


Well, the Warren plan is now out. And I’d say that she passed the test. Experts will argue for months whether she’s being too optimistic — whether her cost estimates are too low and her revenue estimates too high, whether we can really do this without middle-class tax hikes. You might say that time will tell, but it probably won’t: Even if Warren becomes president, and Dems take the Senate too, it’s very unlikely that Medicare for all will happen any time soon.


Am I enthusiastically endorsing this plan? No. I still think that a public-option-type plan, which lets people buy into Medicare, would have a better chance of actually becoming reality — and may well be where a President Warren actually ends up if she gets to the White House. And the plan’s optimism on costs and revenues could be wrong.


So what has Warren achieved here? Realistically, her health care plan is more aspirational than her other plans. Enhanced financial regulation and universal child care are things she might well be able to accomplish if she not only wins, but wins big, next year. Medicare for All, not so much. And may I say, it would serve the public well if these topics — plus climate change! — got more attention in future debates, and health care a bit less.

Warren’s task was, instead, to counter criticism that she was being evasive on a big issue. I think she has met that challenge.

Basically he's patting her on the head for doing her homework, after she painted herself into that political corner, and advising her to focus on something else.
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