I finally had a conversation this afternoon with a fellow who knows what he's talking about. An American who lives in Israel; a scholar whose entire career is about public health policies and that sort of thing; a Lefty-bleeding-heart-liberal chap bereft of the starry-eyed ability of uninformed folks to pretend the world is nicer than it is and ever can be (which is to say: a rather common type of Israeli).
"So tell me", I inquired, "what's the story of this Obamacare thingy? Is it good for the world or bad?"
He launched into a learned speech... and then stopped. "You know what? Go read David Brooks in the NYT today. He's got it right".