What bokononists whisper whenever they think of how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is.

By Elton Beard

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who divide people into two kinds and those who don't. I don't.

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03/22/02 11:00am link

Do bloggers care about health care? At least one does. A 1,453-word article posted this past Tuesday by Ted Barlow starts by noting certain problems with the American system of health care:

...the rising cost of health care, and the ticking bomb that this represents in the federal budget. There's also the little matter of 42 million or so Americans with no insurance. Then there's the fact that employer-based insurance is a brake on labor mobility;...
Then comes the salient question:
I know that Euro-bashing is wildly popular in blogland, but isn't it at least conceivable that, since the Euros get a better quality system for less money, they're doing something right?
The article proceeds to answer the question in detail, essentially arguing that a European-style single-payer health care system (but not the British government-owned system) does, in fact, provide superior health care for less money then does the current American system. It is a lucid and detailed exposition, replete with supporting facts, figures and links, and it specifically addresses - and refutes -- the standard conservative arguments against a national single-payer health care system.

Ted Barlow ends the post with this challenge:

But failing to consider that a single payer system could work better than what we have now, contrary to the evidence in the rest of the world, strikes me as a matter of quasi-religious faith.

Blast away.

I really wanted to see the counter-argument to this and so I've been waiting all week for the blasting to begin. Eve Tushnet briefly mentioned the piece, and Tom Tomorrow's approving reference apparently sent over a flood of readers, but I have not been able to find any other response to this rather significant article. You'd think that the vast armies of conservative and libertarian bloggers would reply immediately to such an attack on their hallowed turf, yet only a deafening silence has ensued. What explains this quietude?

Perhaps the lack of response is an implicit acknowledgment that Ted Barlow has made his case very well.


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What bokononists whisper whenever they think of how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is.


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