Wall Street Journal editorial page writer Joseph Rago writing yesterday in the Journal’s Political Diary newsletter:
Democrats seem prepared to hustle their health care plan through Congress on straight partisan power politics, though the roll of opponents to that strategy has now grown to include one key liberal ally—namely, Warren Buffett.
In a three-hour interview on CNBC yesterday, the Oracle of Omaha said Congress should toss out the current plan and start over with a tight bead on health care inflation.
“We’re just going to focus on costs,” he recommended, “and we’re not going to dream up 2,000 pages of other things. . . . Get rid of the nonsense.”
Health-care costs are:
“Like a tapeworm eating, you know, at our economic body,” Buffett continued.
“Unfortunately, we came up with a bill that really doesn’t attack the cost situation that much. And we have to have a fundamental change. We have to have something that will end the constant increase in medical costs as a percentage of GDP.”
A Communist Tapeworm, indeed!