Above, Representative Kucinich takes advantage of the forum’s format slightly to ask himself a question, which he happens to have a very good answer for. I’ve already written about H.R. 676 in reviewing Paul Krugman’s “Conscience of a Liberal.” Krugman stresses the need to compromise and endorse plans to secure enough profits for private insurance companies, less insurance companies oppose any universal health care plan. Plans like those proposed by Obama, Edwards, and Clinton. I think Krugman is slightly mistaken in his political calculation. I think strong support for H.R. 676 is necessary to enable the other compromises. I don’t see private insurance companies being willing to compromise unless they believe something that cuts them out completely is credible. Other compromises would require such blatant transfer of public wealth for private profit, it seems unsavory and wasteful.
Alas, more impressions of Kucinich’s performance can be read here.