In the Arena

Broder, Ezra and I…

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are all in favor of Ron Wyden’s health care plan, according to Broder’s column today…which will probably prove confusing to ideologues. But it is not insignificant when David Broder comes out in favor of a pretty radical plan that would relieve employers of the burden of providing health insurance, provide true universality and mandate that insurance companies cover all comers.

But then, Broder knows this issue as well as anyone. His 1996 account of the Clinton health insurance debacle, The System, written with Haynes Johnson, was the best account of that sad affair–and a pretty handy guide to how difficult it is to get a major reform through the Congress.