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Today the NYT lets its rational lefty business reporter Anna Bernasek make a rational if obvious and basic case for single payer health care, even though she quotes Vic Fuchs as if he was a leading opponent. He’s not—he’s just a realist and he supports his own version of what the real opponents at Cato and Manhattan would call single payer.
The article is called Health Care Problem? Check the American Psyche. Of course the real psyche that needs checking is that of whoever it is who controls (if anyone) what the NY Times writes about health care policy in its business pages. Last year they let several just appalling articles by Gina Kolata and David Leonhardt be published on health care spending—not to mention the odd op-ed by loony libertarians who think that the number of Nobel prizes for medicine awarded is a proxy for a good health care system.
And like a dog licking its own sore, they just could not stop.
Hopefully, with the debate getting real on health care, today’s article is a sign that the paper of record is beginning to be slightly less dense. And may even allow some rational voices to have a rational debate…