The always spot on Jonathan Cohn has written a new piece explaining that, if Medicare is constitutional, health reform is, too. After all, he says, you have no choice about the payroll deductions for Social Security and Medicare. Both Social Security and Medicare are "social insurance," and both involve the young and healthy subsidizing the old and sick. And unlike Medicare and Social Security, the health reform law does not establish a new government program; it works entirely through private health insurers -- which typically is what conservatives want to do with all social insurance.
So if Medicare is okay, why isn't health reform? Jennifer