Klein lists not inconsiderable provisions to go into effect immediately in the Senate health care bill. Having heard Holy Joe on NPR asking whether it's worth throwing the baby out with the (in his view) bathwater of the 'public option,' he has a point (though not a great one, and it's sharper the more the public option is watered down). An eleven-dimensional chess move may be to pass a bunch of useful reforms w/o Republican support, declare victory in the battle though not the war, use Republican obstructionism as a bludgeon to shift Congress (leftward) towards the center, and then watch as the Liebermans can no longer obstruct more meaningful reforms. OK, a boy can dream…
Unfortunately, "policy" is to let telcos' executives and investors decide whether to deploy fiber or try to milk the copper network for a little longer. Meanwhile, most users get expensive connections at second-rate speeds.
Welsh observes that buying competitors on the cheap is a better play with free money than the more socially valuable retail lending.