Tuesday, 12 January 2010

A Little More On Healthcare

Your next (mercifully brief) update on healthcare reform. It's worth reading this article in full, but the most important quote is the one which drives home the point I mentioned earlier:
The goal is to quell a revolt among House Democrats, who overwhelmingly oppose the tax, and are frustrated by having to consistently yield to the Senate on major legislation.
Big surprise. It's almost as though having three separate electable divisions of government and then deciding only one of them has any real power over domestic policy is an obviously idiotic idea.

Whilst we're on the subject, Thomas Geoghegan argues that the filibuster is not only a terrible idea in practice, but unconstitutional to boot. Ezra Klein, though, disagrees, though apparently only because he wants to distinguish between rules that violate what the constitution specifically says and rules that violate only what all accounts in addition to common sense say those that wrote the constitution intended.

1 comment:

Garathon said...

It may be fictional but it always makes me laugh...

Sam: In 1787, there was a sizable block of delegates who were initially opposed to the Bill of Rights. This is what a member of the Georgia delegation had to say by way of opposition; 'If we list a set of rights, some fools in the future are going to claim that people are entitled only to those rights enumerated and no others.' So the Framers knew...

Harrison: Were you just calling me a fool, Mr. Seaborn?

Sam: I wasn't calling you a fool, sir. The brand new state of Georgia was.