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Martha Holstein's NYT Letter to the Editor, August 21, 2009

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
August 31, 2009
Martha Holstein, PhD, is Co-Directorof HMPRG's Center for Long-Term care reform and a professor ofethics.

To the Editor:

Re “Obama’sTrust Problem” (column, Aug. 21):

Thank you, Paul Krugman, for so perfectly expressing the feelings of thisprogressive. I defended Barack Obama, despite his relative inexperience, duringthe primaries because I believed that his open style of governance was the bestroute to sound policy. I didn’t expect that this approach would result in thealmost complete abandonment of core commitments, whether it was about torture,habeas corpus or health care.

Sadly, I am becoming edgy about how deeply he holds those commitments. WhileI won’t switch sides, in 2012 I will be far less willing to devote time andmoney to the Obama campaign than in 2008. I don’t think I will be alone in thisresistance. At a minimum, I will be looking for a display of personal integrityand respect for all the progressives who were his deepest and most loyal supporters.It is indeed time for change.

Martha Holstein
Chicago, Aug.21, 2009