A Subtle Solution to Debt Dilemma (Politico)

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PoliticoWhile the “country slides toward default,” there is a “logical compromise staring both parties in the face,” write Dartmouth’s Charles Wheelan ’88 and Russell Muirhead in a Politico opinion piece.

“In exchange for raising the debt ceiling and opening the federal government, Obama should offer to cap the annual growth in federal health care spending at inflation, plus 1 percent or 2 percent,” they write.

Wheelan and Muirhead continue, “The key is that such a deal would give both sides what they want. Obama keeps his health care law, and Republicans get to say they prevented it from bankrupting the country.”

Muirhead is the Robert Clements Associate Professor of Democracy and Politics in the Department of Government. Wheelan is a senior lecturer and policy fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences and a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics.

Read the full opinion piece, published 10/14/13 by Politico.