HEALTHCARE TRIVIA….Apparently the big new healthcare proposal in Tuesday’s State of the Union address is going to be a tax increase aimed at (some) people who already have employer-provided health insurance combined with a tax deduction aimed at (some) people who have to buy individual health insurance. Yippee. The New York Times has the details here.

The amazing thing about this isn’t whether it’s a good idea or not. It’s the fact that healthcare is supposed to be one of the big issues in this year’s SOTU but this puny little proposal is all Bush has to offer. To call it laughable would be giving it too much credit.

The good news is that this will go nowhere in Congress. The bad news is that Bush will probably want to make up for the lameness of his healthcare plan with some brand new mega-hawkery about Iran. Otherwise, no headlines. I can hardly wait.