Category Archives: Healthcare

‘Losing’ Versus Replacing Your Insurance

One of the bad rhetorical moves by supporters of Medicare for All is refuting the notion of ‘losing your insurance.’ Here’s why (boldface mine): This strategy also underpins one popular political argument against Medicare for All and, often, in favor … Continue reading

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Tens of Millions of People ‘Can’t Keep Their Doctor’

While I think a couple of the Democratic candidates (Sanders, Warren, Harris–though she seems to walk back a lot of her positions) might have gone too far in saying that there will be no private insurance*, healthcare conservatives really are … Continue reading

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How Not to Convene a Healthcare Commission Panel: The Mayor Bowser Edition

This came across the transom: .@MayorBowser is appointing a new commission to debate how to transform health care in the city. Former CM David Catania is co-chair. He’s also a lobbyist for Sibley Hospital and Unity Health Care. Bowser says … Continue reading

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Privatization Is Theft

I occasionally snark about means-testing the public library: To use an absurd example, we could means test the public library, offer a series of different borrowing plans based on verified income and so on, or we could just… lend out … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Healthcare

Cruelty As Ideology: The Mo Brooks Edition

A while ago, I noted that cruelty is not just a character flaw, but an ideology. Like all ideologies, cruelty is a force which gives people meaning: …consider, instead, healthcare. A fair number of conservatives don’t have a problem with … Continue reading

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“Keeping Your Insurance”

Last week, Paul Krugman argued that a Medicare for America system would have the political advantage of letting people keep their healthcare if they want to do so. Leaving aside the problem that the polls used to determine if people … Continue reading

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Clueless Democrats Are Going To Be A Real Problem, Even If Things Go Well in 2020

Let’s be uncharacteristically optimistic about Democratic chances in 2020 and assume they take back the Senate and the White House. Even then, the biggest obstacle to good policy is going to be Democrats with outdated ideas of what their voters … Continue reading

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