Commentary is accelerating as bloggers get ready for Thursday’s bipartisan health care summit.
Time’s Kate Pickert posts the list of expected attendees.
The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein looks toward tomorrow’s event and doesn’t forsee much Republican compromise, arguing, “Republicans got these substantive concessions [to the current health overhaul bills] not by making a deal, but by not making a deal.”
The National Journal’s Marilyn Werber-Serafini queries her experts about Obama’s new health reform plan. Responders came out in droves, including Michael Cannon, Paul Ginsburg, Robert Greenstein, Karen Ignagni, Darrell Kirch, Elizabeth McGlynn, Sally Pipes, John Sheils, Andy Stern, Janet Trautwein and Grace-Marie Turner.
James Capretta of the New Atlantis thinks public opinion is working against Democrats, and they seem not to care: “The White House and its allies have apparently made their choice. They are going to try to jam their bill through, despite overwhelming public opposition. This will have the entirely predictable result of triggering a backlash of epic proportions. Voters will be beyond irate at the arrogance of it all.”
Heritage’s Curtis Dubay says Obama’s plan represents “taxes, taxes everywhere” — and lists them.
John Goodman takes to the Health Affairs Blog to argue for selling health insurance across state lines, saying it would expand consumer protetctions.
And Economix’s Casey Mulligan asks if Americans are “overpaying Grandpa” and argues that the amount of subsidies seniors receive doesn’t reflect their often higher income levels. He concludes, “The question for the future of Medicare is this: Are families ready to triple their spending on the health care of their highest-income members?”