I am not a huge Paul Krugman fan, but I really enjoyed this article. Here are some highlights:
A Medicare Advisory Board was set up in order to reduce costs and control the rate of growth in Medicare spending. Something I think both parties should be happy about. But Republicans aren't.
"The last time I looked, the Declaration of Independence didn't say we have the right to life, liberty, and the all-expense paid trip to happiness."
"Consumer-based medicine has been a bust everywhere it has been tried." The most recent example was Medicare Advantage which has been phased out due to it's rapidly rising costs. America has the most "consumer driven" healthcare market in the advanced world, yet it also has the highest costs but provides a quality of care no better than cheaper systems."
It is interesting to read the progressive talking points.