I wish I had a transcript, but here Dean Baker talks about what really needs to be done to save the economy. Mostly, get health care costs under control:
The health care deficit calculator Baker mentions in the video is here. It doesn’t seem to work in Explorer, but it does in Firefox.
Flaming hypocrite of the week is Republican Andy Harris, newly elected to the House from Maryland. That’s Dr. Andy Harris; he’s also an anesthesiologist. He ran an anti-Obamacare campaign and pledged to repeal health care reform. Glenn Thrush reports for Politico:
â€œHe stood up and asked the two ladies who were answering questions why it had to take so long, what he would do without 28 days of health care,â€ said a congressional staffer who saw the exchange. The benefits session, held behind closed doors, drew about 250 freshman members, staffers and family members to the Capitol Visitors Center auditorium late Monday morning,â€.
â€œHarris then asked if he could purchase insurance from the government to cover the gap,â€ added the aide, who was struck by the similarity to Harrisâ€™s request and the public option he denounced as a gateway to socialized medicine.
Harris, a Maryland state senator who works at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and several hospitals on the Eastern Shore, also told the audience, â€œThis is the only employer Iâ€™ve ever worked for where you donâ€™t get coverage the first day you are employed,â€ his spokeswoman Anna Nix told POLITICO.
Under COBRA law, Harris can pay a premium to extend his current health insurance an additional month.
Later, he explained that he was trying to make the point that “government-run health care” was inferior to private insurance. I do think he made a point; just not that one.