Hits & Misses – 2009/5/19

Paul Krugman: If health reform doesn't include a public plan, count me out.

What's better than a medical alert bracelet? A tattoo.

Two-thirds of all babies in Iceland are born out-of-wedlock. International stats.

Religious belief is in our genes. New Robert Wright book.

One bill and one price for surgery. Medicare patients even get a rebate.

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  1. Stephen C. says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if ther were no public plan. I can’t think of any other way of getting Krugman to shut up.

  2. Rick says:

    Question: Do the parents in Iceland live together? Do they ever get married?

  3. Charlie says:


    That could go either way, but it seems to me that par for the course would be for him to just pull a 180 and keep on going like nothing happened. Like this little debate between him and Mankiw.

  4. Marianne says:

    There are a neubmr of good items in the current version of the yet-to-be Senate bill, and indivually they are worth salvaging. Where the bill turns from a positive to a negative is the inclusion of individual mandates and the exclusion of sufficient financial relief for huge swaths of the un- or underinsured either to pay the required premiums or to escape bankrutcy when the insurance refuses to pay for required care. The President created this situation by his hands-off approach, hoping to be able to save his deals with the drug companies and get the least bill possible. He encouraged appeasement and capitulation even as more and more of what was good in the Senate HELP version was watered down or taken out, with Reid carrying his water. Obama said this was his top priority then showed no interest in focusing his words or his White House on achieving anything more than marginal insurance reform. He made one very big miscalculation though, when he forgot or chose to ignore the very people who went to the polls for him. It’s time for Mr. Obama to get his hands dirty, to stop declaring victory and join his base in the trenches. If Obama wants health care reform, he’ll stop cutting deals and start leading.

  5. Dalton says:

    I wounder how many American cniezits were aware of the evil and deceit behind the new healthcare bill. This new bill made RFID microchip implantation law through the healthcare system. In 6 months time, All/any American cniezits will be required to have an RFID microchip surgically implanted within thier bodies in order to use the healthcare system. Amazing!! I beleive we all need to come close to Jesus Christ and build a relationship with him, our saviour, and look to him for redemption.