A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) for a few minutes during his visit to the UNC campus. We chatted briefly about my dissertation topic and then I went on my way. Then I saw this piece from Ezra Klein highlighting the work of James Leuschen, Rep. Cooper’s legislative director.
I’m not up for reinventing the wheel right now, so I’ll just suggest that you take a look at Ezra’s post. What you’ll find is a nifty comparison of the differing subsidy levels provided under House and Senate Finance health reform legislation. As Ezra notes, the House bill would cost taxpayers more, but individuals less, while the Senate Finance bill would do just the opposite. It’s all about incentives and reactions to them. Now if Harry Reid would just release the final Senate bill so Leuschen could update his graphs, I’d be ecstatic.