As you may have heard, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) unveiled a policy paper today that outlines the broad contours of a Democratic universal healthcare plan. To be honest, it's beyond my ken to give it a detailed assessment, but Jon Cohn does so here and Ezra Klein provides his reading of the paper here (and give his thoughts on the politics surrounding it here. ) The short version is, this is promising and dovetails pretty nicely with Obama's proposed plan (although Baucus' plan states the need for mandates), but it's pretty vague on many of the more troublesome details.
Brian Cook was an editor at In These Times from 2003 to 2009. He now works on the editorial staff of Playboy magazine.