Here, Krugman is making the point that the "public option" served as an idea that bridged the gap between democrats and mollified those who where insistent on single payer.
...the public option offered a way to reconcile differing views among Democrats. Until the idea of the public option came along, a significant faction within the party rejected anything short of true single-payer, Medicare-for-all reform, viewing anything less as perpetuating the flaws of our current system.When you contrast that with what he said on videotape in June, you will see he that he understands the idea of a "public option" to in fact be a trojan horse that he advocates. Quoting Krugman talking about single payer in the video posted below:
"Politically, it's hard to do in one step."Now back to his column.
The public option, which would force insurance companies to prove their usefulness or fade away, settled some of those qualms.Did you catch that?
Notice how he calls for putting the onus on the Insurance companies to prove their worth on an inherently uneven playing field (government doesn't have to make a profit to stay in business). Yet, in the video below, he says the following:
"You have to convince people to completely give up the insurance they have."So which is it, Mr. Krugman? Are you advocating raising the bar on insurance companies or enticing people away from them with taxpayer dollars?
Krugman answers that question in the video as well:
"..something that lets people keep the insurance they have but then offers the option of a public plan may be evolved into single payer. You can do it politically."It would seem that Mr. Krugman has come full circle when he said "Politically, it's hard to do in one step."
Then in his piece, Krugman continues working toward the larger goal, trying to convince the unenlightened rabid dogs not to exit the trojan horse too soon. Doing so puts everything inside at risk. He's wanting the far left who don't "get it" to read between the lines when he says:
...it’s possible to have universal coverage without a public option — several European nations do it — and some who want a public option might be willing to forgo it if they had confidence in the overall health care strategy.Confidence in the overall strategy? Translation: "Hey you far left rabid dog progressives, we all want the same thing here. We know you want it all now but the ends justify the means, even if they take longer. Shhhh. Stay inside the horse." What's the overall strategy, Mr. Krugman? We know. Single payer, right?
Here is Krugman's ENTIRE PIECE OF ELITIST DRECK. Fortunately, if you don't want to read between the lines of his column, he tells you what he really thinks in this video (fast forward to the :33 mark). Also note that he seems to almost eerily look into the camera at exactly the same time he may have realized he overplayed his hand.
Video courtesy of VERUM SERUM