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. Â Commenter SP is correct. Â “Worst policy in the world” may be slightly hyperbolic, but as descdribed it’s pretty damned bad. Â Employers are penalized for not providing health insurance, but only to the extent that they hire workers who get big subsidies. Â That is, the bill incoroporates a huge tax on hiring low-wage workers with families. Â Huh?