Ezra Klein gets paid to blog. I don’t. Consequently, I let him do most of the grunt work. Frequently, he conducts interviews with notable folks. Two of his recent interviews are with Drew Altman (President of the Kaiser Family Foundation) and Mark McClellan (Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution). Here’s what they had to say about the new health reform law….
“It’s an important step [forward]. We have to do something about the problem of access to affordable health insurance. The bill unquestionably does that.” (emphasis mine)
“[Health reform] does four things, and I’m putting them in order of importance and power. First, the coverage expansions and subsidies. Second, the insurance market reform. Third, cost containment. And fourth, there’s a prevention component. And if you wanted to go a bit more concrete, what it does is cover about 32 million people, reforms insurance and makes a start on cost containment, while, according to CBO, decreasing the deficit and saving a trillion dollars.”
Now, I leave it up to you to figure out which person said which quote. To help you out, I will add that Mark McClellan was a member of George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers, and that Dubya subsequently appointed him head of the FDA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That ought to mean that he’s pretty conservative. Of course, I realize that the new hyper-conservative Tea Partiers think that George W. was a RINO (Republican In Name Only), but that’s talk for another day.