House and Senate Democrats hammering out the health care bills this week share the conviction that only those who pay into the insurance system are deserving of its benefits. This may be good politics, but it’s bad public policy. And, while appealing to moderates in both parties, it’s an assumption that’s going to doom health care reform.
Colin Gordon is professor and chair of history at the University of Iowa and a writer for the History News Service. He is the author of "Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health Care in Twentieth-Century America."