I am glad that other people pay attention to Megan McCardle so that I don’t have to.
Do click over (I can’t embed the clip): it’s only 49 seconds, and the last few seconds are so, so worth all the bs before it.
Jon Chait brings the burn; satisfying, isn’t it?
Anyway, as to the bs: McCardle and other catastrophists seem to think that everyone is either completely healthy or has just been hit by a truck.
No need for insulin or levothryoxin or physical therapy or psychotherapy or amoxicillin or amitriptyline or blood work or prenatal tests or mammograms any other of the non-catastrophic types of care which keep a problem from becoming catastrophic.
Oh, and make you feel all right, too. Yeah, that.
I don’t even know why the catastrophists bother with defending even that minimalist plan. I mean, if you think it’s good that folks aren’t bankrupted over the big things, what’s the problem with making sure they’re not bankrupted over the small things? If you think folks should get care, well, then why not make sure they can actually get care?
Unless you don’t really care that people can’t get care and aren’t willing to say fuckemall.
h/t Fred Clark