The NYT has an OP-ed piece today written by Paul Krugman in which he makes a compelling case that compromise is going to kill the efforts President Obama is making towards reforming the health care system. Citing the compromises made in the stimulus plan he suggests that the same will happen with health care. Too many compromises that gain little or no Republican support and hurt the reforms to the point that they are not functional.
In this excerpt, the author makes his central arguement:
"The point is that if you’re making big policy changes, the final form of the policy has to be good enough to do the job. You might think that half a loaf is always better than none — but it isn’t if the failure of half-measures ends up discrediting your whole policy approach." (More)
He has some advice for the Obama administration that I think may progressives have been making: