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August 10, 2007
In an article in the upcoming issue of the National Review, John O'Sullivan writes, "All health-care systems aim to achieve three things: (a) cost control, (b) universal access, and (c) provision of the full range of medical services. Alas, only two of these can be achieved simultaneously by any system." Ignore for a second the reflex to distrust anything the National Review writes about health care and assume that O'Sullivan is correct.
An update on Beauchamp has been posted here.
Just wanted to drop a quick note letting readers know I'm in Iowa this weekend for the Ames straw poll and will be posting from time to time. Pretty much anyone you talk to here--and, for that matter, anywhere else--agrees that Romney will win by a large margin. The only question about Romney is how large the margin will be. The informed whispering says that anything less than a two-to-one margin over second place is a bona fide disappointment, given the millions he's spent in Iowa so far, and the absence of any other first-tier candidate here.
August 9, 2007
I'm sure I'll offend some Canadians here, who hail from a generally noble country boasting a delicious sense of humor, the longest coastline in the world, heroic participation in the Second Boer War, extremely competitive curling teams, and the residence of the fine, fine -- no, more than fine! -- owners of this magazine. That said, don't the rest of us sometimes pine for an age when our country's grave diplomatic rifts will be indistinguishable from an Onion riff?
If anyone's interested I've had my inaugural Bloggingheads.tv session with my friend Eli Lake--wherein we debate the surge, David Petraeus, the netroots and more. Plus: a cameo appearance by "Tim the Enchanter"!
Did Hillary flip-flop on a topic she recently bashed Obama over--ruling out the use of nuclear weapons in a given scenario? It turns out Hillary did just that last year. But she did so in response to a question about reports that the Bush administration was considering the possible use of tactical nukes against Iranian nuclear sites. To me that's a little different than Obama ruling out a nuke against the tribal wildlands of Pakistan.