Wednesday, February 11, 2009

To the Economist Blog: I Give You The One-Finger Salute!

Expanding on the Becker-Murphy WSJ editorial, the Economist blog writes:
Stimulus spending in health care will simply move employed workers from the private sector to the public sector.

Oh, is that what giving laid off workers health care will do? Merely move resources from one use to another? Is there really no benefit to expanding health care coverage?

Here's a personal story about my cousin, who had two little girls: One day he was carrying boxes across an icy parking lot at work (Ohio in the winter...) Slipped. Fell. Had chronic back problems, but his employer wouldn't pay his medical bills. Tried to sue. anyway, he put on weight and was immobile for awhile. Which led to being unemployed for awhile... Which led to depression. Eventually, the depression got to him, and he decided enough was enough. He's no longer with us.

What would have become of my cousin if he'd have been insured? Admittedly, I don't know the answer to that. Whether he could have been completely cured or not (and perhaps not), it certainly would have made his life much easier. Now we've got the Economist blog telling us that insuring my cousin would have had "no net gain". To which I say Eff You! That's just insultingly let-them-eat-cake ignorant.

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