In a blog post headlined “He Wasn’t the One We’ve Been Waiting For,” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote, “I’m pretty close to giving up on Mr. Obama, who seems determined to confirm every doubt I and others ever had about whether he was ready to fight for what his supporters believed in.” Krugman wishes House Democrats would pass the Senate’s health bill, “which isn’t what they wanted but is vastly better than nothing.” And Congress can’t and shouldn’t try to pass reform incrementally, he said: “Ban discrimination based on medical history, and you get an adverse-selection death spiral, in which healthy people opt out and premiums soar. You can’t solve that without both requiring that healthy people buy insurance and helping those with lower incomes afford the premiums.”
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