Your morning links:
- Senator Bernie Sanders (and by extension PoliticusUSA) speaks some truth to the positions taken by the GOP field. It’s truly astonishing when cast so succinctly that the GOP seems fixated on cutting only successful programs.
- Lest someone argue that Medicare and Medicaid are unsustainable programs and that government spending increases costs in health care (as escaped Travelocity gnome Ron Paul did on Saturday), Ezra Klein responds with factual analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. As anyone with a basic understanding of economics could explain — US government spending on health care is only high because the economies of scale involved in the industry and it’s actually most efficient to do what everyone else in the world does successfully — have a single-payer.
- In sad news, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is resigning from Congress to concentrate on her recovery from last year’s shooting. A special election will be held to fill the seat for the current district until the November general election for the new, redistricted seat.