Daily Archives: December 21, 2009

Dismal outcome at Copenhagen fiasco. Editorial comment, FT

Obama as climate-change villian. Jeff Sachs, Project Syndicate. (Thanks, Greg Mankiw)

Ten reasons to kill the health care bill. Jane Hamsher, Firedoglake

Don’t kill the bill. Jonathan Cohn, TNR

The US system of government has a lot in its favour, in my view, but if you wanted to argue the opposite, the fiasco of healthcare reform has it all.

The measure being fought over in the Senate – if a bill gets passed, ordeal by House-Senate conference comes next – is detested with equal passion by left and right. A majority of the public is now opposed as well. Even its supporters do not like it all that much. Yet if the system fails to spit this thing up for the president’s signature, the country will be deemed ungovernable and the Obama administration will be pronounced dead. Expect the rending of garments either way.

It does not matter that conservatives oppose this reform. Of course they do. Conservatives are unmoved by the plight of the uninsured, want to block this administration’s domestic initiatives regardless, and are incapable of uniting behind an alternative proposal. They have nothing to offer on the issue.

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I have been the FT's Washington columnist since April 2007. I moved from Britain to the US in 2005 to write for the Atlantic Monthly and the National Journal after 20 years working at the Economist, most recently as deputy editor. I write mainly about the intersection of politics and economics.

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