Right on, Walter. It’s a fine analysis of one aspect of a crappy bill.
I’ve long been a fan of your writings on foreign policy and I see you’ve nailed it on this issue as well.
I’ve been beating the drum on this issue in the column I do in the campus newspaper for a while now (http://media.www.unews.com/media/storage/paper274/news/2009/11/16/Forum/Common.Sense.Healthcare.Bill.Hurts.Youth-3833338.shtml). Congress responds to incentives like anyone else and because the AARP crowd votes and knows what the hell is going on they (Congress) will throw us (the under 30 crowd) under the bus every day of the week and twice on Sunday if it means pandering to the boomers.