We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Robert Gelinas: One-sixth of the U.S. economy is threatened with a takeover by the federal government on the erroneous rationale that "tens of millions of people in the U.S. are without health care insurance, and therefore are being denied access to adequate health care." Unjust! Unfair! This is, of course, an absolute lie.
That is incorrect. While hospitals are required to provide a minimal level of emergency services, they are not required to provide general care. That means many treatable conditions are left untreated until they become critical. It also means people with serious conditions are discharged without having been properly treated.
Megan McArdle: Nor does some large number of people "die every day from lack of health insurance coverage." That too is a lie.
McArdle cites Richard Kronick's Urban Institute study, which does determine that thousands die from lack of health care. However, Kronick's study does not control for the likelihood of people in poor health seeking health insurance. Other studies that control for this variable find a strong correlation between lack of insurance and increased mortality risk.
"The federal government is here saying, we are giving you a boatload of money. There are no -- there's no matching funds requirement, there are no extraneous conditions attached to it, it's just a boatload of federal money for you to take and spend on poor people's health care. It doesn't sound coercive to me, I have to tell you."
And I originally thought she'd be a good justice. I have to admit, throughout the process this week, she is clearly the weakest link. Her motivations have been nothing but political, her approach appears to be uninformed, and she is clearly a puppet.
I'm shocked. Not coercive? An ambiguous entity, one which changes regularly so it cannot be considered of one mind, called "The Federal Government" exists to say whatever it wants and she claims that's it? There is no discussion of where the money came from? This entity called the government magically stirs a pot, creates money and doles it out. End of story.