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Dems Should Front-Load Regulatory Provisions of Health Reform

NYT‘s ‘Bloggingheads’ has a short, but interesting discussion between Proffs Mark Kleiman of UCLA and Steven Teles of Johns Hopkins about how Democrats should “frame the 2010 election.” Teles takes up most of the time, but Kleiman makes a salient point in arguing the Democrats had better ‘front-load’ the regulatory benefits (“no pre-existing conditions, no recisions” etc) as opposed to expenditures of the health reform package to get any creds from voters next year. Teles urges Dems to not run “defensively” and he emphasizes the importance of creating a sense of “delivery” to constituents and the problematic “traceability” (to Dems) aspect of the stimulus.

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