Kevin Drum asks .
Let's recap: the United States spends about twice as much on healthcare as any other developed nation in the world and in return receives just about the worst care. Can someone remind me again why there's even a debate about whether we should put up with this?
This encapsulates liberal wishful thinking on health care reform.
I will grant there is a problem (although I think Drum is exaggerating just how poorly the US does in international comparisons). However polls show most people are satisfied with their own care. This means there is no crisis atmosphere and people feel free to argue about how to improve things. Democrats don't even agree among themselves about what to do so it should be no surprise they are having trouble selling their inchoate proposals to the country as a whole.
The contemporary Republican party is justly criticized for its apparent conviction that tax cuts are the solution to every problem. However the Democratic party has its own blind spots. The current health care reform proposals appear to be inspired by various forms of Democratic magical thinking that are as unmoored from reality as their Republican counterparts.
Perhaps Drum will explain exactly how the Democrats propose to improve care while reducing costs. I see little reason to believe their proposals will do either and hence little reasons to support them.