Since “Baucus” has been the world’s longest four-letter word among progressives this summer, this is a surprise, and Ezra’s views deserve weight.
Footnote Conflict-of-interest statement: thirty-five years ago, I worked on Max Baucus’s first Congressional campaign, and liked the guy. So I’m reluctant to believe – despite his sellout on the Bush tax cuts – that’s he’s quite the stupid sociopath he’s been made out to be.
* Update In part. Commenter SP is correct. “Worst policy in the world” may be slightly hyperbolic, but as descdribed it’s pretty damned bad. Employers are penalized for not providing health insurance, but only to the extent that they hire workers who get big subsidies. That is, the bill incoroporates a huge tax on hiring low-wage workers with families. Huh?