A Moment for Real Reform | By Jonathan Alter

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EVEN MAINSTREAM PUNDITS ARE SAYING IT ||

A Moment for Real Reform. ||

Now is not the time to compromise on health care.

By Jonathan Alter  | NEWSWEEK

alter_jonathanTHE LATEST BUZZ on President Obama’s health-care plan is that the White House is in űber-pragmatic mode. Their favorite cliché is that we shouldn’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Something, we’re told, is better than nothing.

Well, maybe not. At the very least, that shouldn’t be the administration’s negotiating position going in. Here the New Deal experience on health care might be instructive.

In 1933, Franklin Roosevelt told his Labor secretary, Frances Perkins, that he believed in “cradle-to-grave coverage” under a public insurance model. But he asked Perkins to wait a couple of years before he introduced Social Security. First, he wanted Perkins to build support for it by traveling around the country. [READ ON]

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