The Bipartisan Effort on Healthcare

Friday, March 19, 2010

New York Times columnists Gail Collins and David Brooks preview the upcoming vote on health care reform this weekend and discuss the messy business of lawmaking in this country today.


David Brooks and Gail Collins

Comments [11]

Jan Reinhart from New Jersey

When I heard this program last week, I remember the laundry list of problems David Brooks had with the Health Insurance reform package. Interesting points I thought. How much more interesting it is to see them all neatly reprinted in Douglas Holtz-Eakin's column in Sunday's Times.

Next time Brooks' is on the show, ask him if he is doing his own research or just lazily repeating Holt-Eakin's talking points.

Mar. 22 2010 01:09 PM
Mk from Manhattan

I find it discouraging that there is more discussion of a healthcare bill that is designed to help people than there was about going to was in Iraq that was an unnecessary act and ran the deficit up by trillions of dollars. Where was the discussion in the press?

Mar. 19 2010 10:41 AM
Robert from NYC

Equating Olbermann with Beck is very unfair to Olbermann. Beck is just nuts and tears down legitimate institutions and cultural mores where Olbermann tears down Beck and his ilk. So to say the Olbermann is the conterpoint to Beck is just wrong, very wrong.
There is black and white you know, not everything is mdeiocre gray like the center.

Mar. 19 2010 10:28 AM
Chriss from NJ

David has sadly become a "MOANGROAN."

Moaning and groaning about everything.

Go read a happy book and write about it (which seems to be the blueprint of his column.

Mar. 19 2010 10:26 AM
mc from Brooklyn

The pilot programs that Gail referred to are the best hope for controlling costs in the long run. The CBO gave no credit for those savings because the programs are still experimental. I think they will bear fruit. I hope future congresses recognize this and act on it.

Mar. 19 2010 10:24 AM
Nancy from Manhattan

David Brooks complaining that the other westernized countries spend 10% on health care and we will still be spending so much more even with reform? So, he's for single payer. I'd like to see him write a column saying so.

Mar. 19 2010 10:21 AM
Steve from Brooklyn

What about forums where Democrats and Republicans have to sit in a room and interact in public (i.e. on TV or the Internet)? Do you think that could make debates more transparent or honest?

Mar. 19 2010 10:18 AM
Greenpoint from Brooklyn

The gerrymandering of districts has led to the shrillness of discourse......before, politicians had to be a bit more moderate to serve constituents from different perspectives. Now, everything is carved up based on political party, so you get more extreme polarization and the politicians ARE more ideological, shrill, and pandering to the extreme views of their constituents. There isn't the incentive to get along and to negotiate.

Mar. 19 2010 10:11 AM
RLewis from bowery

Start-up costs, Ed. Get over it. In 10 years it cuts the deficit big. No need to be against it just cuz it's the other side's idea.

Mar. 19 2010 10:10 AM
jeff pappas from Ct.

Pre existing conditions can even affect a Neocon , some cancers or other serious conditions can take years to develop, an Insurance company can find this out only when you are sick enough to present, then depending on how long you have had your policy verses when you are diagnosed verses when the sickness started, they can just say No we are Not covering you now, sorry !

Mar. 19 2010 10:09 AM
Ed H. from Larchmont

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) conclusively showed during the health care "summit" that the true 10-year cost of the President's Plan is in reality at least $2.3 trillion. He was, of course, completely ignored.

Mar. 19 2010 08:17 AM

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