11/08/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Krugman: Why The Public Option Matters

Most arguments against the public option are based either on deliberate misrepresentation of what that option would mean, or on remarkably thorough misunderstanding of the concept, which persists to a frustrating degree: I was really surprised to see Joe Klein worrying about the creation of a system in which doctors work directly for the government, British-style, when that has nothing whatsoever to do with the public option as proposed. (Forty years of Medicare haven't turned the US into that kind of system -- why would having a public plan change that?)

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