A Roundup of opinion from leading columnists.

Health Care

  • Paul Krugman, New York Times: Let's talk about ("socialized") health care around the advanced world. "Every wealthy country other than the United States guarantees essential care to all its citizens."
  • Craig S. Karpel, Wall Street Journal: Let's spend more on health care. "The U.S. health-care economy should be viewed not as a burden but as an engine of growth."
  • Ara Darzi and Tom Kibasi, Washington Post: In defense of Britain's nationalized health care. "Here are a few things Americans should know about the NHS."
  • David Goldhill, The Atlantic: How American health care killed my father. "Accidentally, but relentlessly, America has built a health-care system with incentives that inexorably generate terrible and perverse results."
  • Jay Cost, RealClearPolitics: The public option was an overreach.

A Global Recovery?

  • Robert Samuelson, Washington Post: No recovery can succeed unless it's global. "Without the prop of American spending, the world needs a new basis for mutually beneficial growth. Without it, we may face protectionism, nationalism and economic strife."
  • Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph: Excess capacity is the last obstacle to recovery. "Excess plant will hang over us like an oppressive fog until cleared by liquidation, or incomes slowly catch up, or both."
  • Timothy Adams and Arrigo Sadun, Financial Times: The world needs a global economic council. "How do you transform the International Monetary Fund, an institution until recently widely criticised for its lack of legitimacy and representativeness, on the verge of irrelevance, into the international community's premier tool for fighting the global crisis?"
  • Neil Irwin, Washington Post: A weak recovery. "...the downturn may be so severe, global and transformative that this time, the rubber band popped."
Obama's Job Performance
  • Andrew Breitbart, Big Hollywood: The Obama machine is flailing. "...if Mr. Obama can't get the economy rolling and continues to demonize everyday folks for his failures, he will be further isolated from sympathy and even ridiculed."