A change of heart
Here’s what Jonathan Alter had to say about the public option in Newsweek on May 14, 2009:
So reform without a public option isn’t terribly meaningful. And the costs of modest reform are high, not just in dollars but in lost opportunity. It will be quite a while before the country has the appetite to confront this issue again. This time, the perfect or near perfect (there is no perfect, not even single payer) should, at least temporarily, be the enemy of the good, because the merely good isn’t good enough.
I wonder why he changed his mind.