The ironic thing is we now have the two front-runners: [Newt] Gingrich, the new contender, having favored an individual mandate for the entire country, and Mitt Romney, the former or maybe current front-runner nationally, having supported a mandate for his state of Massachusetts.
— Karl Rove, on the centerpiece of “ObamaCare” (Fox News)
If the United States had the same per person health care costs as any other wealthy country, then we would be facing huge budget surpluses, not deficits.
— Dean Baker (Center for Economic and Policy Research)
In the United States of America today, 40 percent of children born each year are covered by Medicaid. If you are born today in hard-pressed communities in many American cities, like St. Louis or Baltimore, you are more likely to die before your first birthday than if you were born in Sri Lanka or Belarus.
— Tim Geithner (U.S. Department of the Treasury)
Whenever someone talks about making government smaller, he should be asked which of these big four [Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and defense] he proposes cutting, and how. If he responds with generalities, he’s faking it.
— Paul Krugman (Princeton University)
President Obama, if you look closely at his positions, is a moderate Republican of the early 1990s.
— Ezra Klein (Washington Post)