Dean Baker is an excellent blogger, and was the first person that I know of
up on the fact that President Bush’s health plan could decimate the social
security benefits of the working poor: a very important, and definitely underreported,
consequence of the proposal.
But are the social security implications of Bush’s health plan the reason that
Democrats don’t seem to be interested in it? Baker would seem to
think so; I hope he’s right. I suspect, however, that old-fashioned partisan
party politics might be playing an important role as well. Just because there’s
a good reason to oppose the Bush health plan doesn’t mean that lawmakers don’t
actually oppose it for less good reasons.