Health Care

POTUS's Required Reading

President Obama has made a Ron Brownstein blog post at The Atlantic mandatory reading for his staff, according to Mike Allen. What does Brownstein’s article say? The blog post, from November 21, lauds Senate Majority Harry Reid’s bill’s cost-controlling measures. “I can’t think of a thing to try that they didn’t try,” one economist says, while another adds, “the bottom line is the legislation is sending a signal that business as usual is going to end.” Brownstein writes that the bill “represents a validation for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus”—who was just a few months ago a whipping boy for liberals. Reid’s strategy to “bend the curve” of long-term health-care costs “almost completely follows Baucus’s path from September.”