Today, he comes out in strong support of the Senate healthcare reform bill. Yes, it is a compromise, but a compromise that represents and massive change in direction in American politics. Of course, he does take a gentle shot at Obama by pointing out that the bill is closer to Hillary Clinton campaign proposal than to Obama's. But his conclusion is strong:
And for all its flaws and limitations, it’s a great achievement. It will provide real, concrete help to tens of millions of Americans and greater security to everyone. And it establishes the principle — even if it falls somewhat short in practice — that all Americans are entitled to essential health care.While I am pretty far to the Left ideologically, I am also a pragmatist when it comes to policymaking. As I've noted in a previous post, the bill will be seen as one of the great legislative achievements of the past fifty years. I'm glad Krugman agrees with me.