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I'm totally on board with the Yglesias-Klein school of thought on health care compromises. It's better to have PhRMA paying for pro-reform ads than throwing in with the wild conspiracy theories about death panels.

All the same, it's important to note what we've lost by trying to add more patches to our patchwork health system. I'm not being a carping blogger here. I wrote to Dick Durbin. I've spent time directly trying to change peoples' minds and present factual information in contradiction to some of the very untrue things believed by generally well-informed people.

And I'll say that it's hard, because a complicated plan (as any plausible synthesis of Congress's five-headed beast must be) will be much, much easier to criticize (honestly, dishonestly, or paranoid-ly) than it is to promote. You're playing defense all the time. No, its not a "government takeover;" the "public option" relates only to the health exchanges (wha?) that are open only to the unemployed, self-employed, and...no, Medicare is not going to start rationing care. They're going to evaluate the relative effectiveness of different treatments and...no, they can't tell your doctor what to do. No, there's no abolition of private insurance. And on and on.

I know why it was necessary to do this this way. A lot of people, even in private insurance, like what they have, and Medicare recipients are postiviely fanatical about it. So you need to spend most of your time reassuring these groups that they won't have to do anything differently before you can even raise the issue of how to cover the uninsured and control the growth of costs so that health care doesn't sink the economy. And you need to get at least some of the industry's interests on board to keep them from scuttling the whole thing.

I get that. But what we've traded away, as Atrios pointed out in an old post, is a clear, bottom-line slogan that can enter the lists against "no death panels!" and "no HitlerCare!" We can't say "health insurance you can never lose" because we haven't proposed that. We can't say "guaranteed health care for everyone, always, no matter what" because we gave up on that goal. What do we have? Controlling costs? Here's a secret: nobody gives a damn about controlling costs they don't directly pay. The Medicare recipients who have been packing the town halls would evidently light the world on fire and let every person under the age of 65 roast before countenancing the first cost-saving measure for their own government-funded care. This is infuriating, but brilliant as politics: turn the biggest "socialized" program in the country against any attempt to extend its principles to any other group of beneficiaries. It's a policy disaster-- recall that the Republicans' sole contribution to the health care issue in the last generation has been a massive unfunded increase in Medicare's portfolio--but it's darn good politics. And after waving the death's head of rationing in the face of every senior in the country, any future Republican majority will hardly have the will or wit for a fight over reforming the system.

So he we are. We've got no message, no vision, just a basket of piecemeal reforms which, however necessary and generally benign, can be smeared and demagogued and misrepresented all the day long. In the best case scenario, there will be more consumer protections for employer-based health insurance and perhaps a slightly stronger safety net in place for those who can't get it. Instead of "health care for life," we've got "health care that you can't lose unless you lose your job, in which case try Cobra, subsidies, Medicaid, SCHIP for your kids, the power of prayer, or waiting until you're 65." This is not exactly a stirring call to the ramparts, though to the ramparts we must go. And if we've got to be there, I'd rather have PhRMA micturating on the other guy's rug than on ours.

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