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POLICY: Criticizing Jonathan Cohn

OK, it’s official. All this congratulatory fawing over Jonathan Cohn and his book Sick is getting to me, and I have a real criticism about him. And it’s the topic of my column over at Spot-on today–Jonathan Cohn is Way Too Nice.

By the way, Jon is coming round for breakfast later—I’m going to interview him and see if he’s able to defend himself from that charge. Perhaps he’ll turn out to have a vicious streak that I don’t know about.

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For the 80% who think it’s unfair for them to pay for the 20% – is the 80% just the 100% waiting to be the 20%?

Los Anjalis
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So the question for the free marketeers is, “Why do you want to raise taxes in order to transfer money from the poor and sick to people who are already richer and healthier than average?”
matthew holt, thanks for this. your piece is brilliant, concise, and a one-two punch back. with dope facts.
bookmarked it. delicious’ed it. just amazing FRAMING. love it.

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“the end result will still be the same: the 20% who make up the vast majority of healthcare expenditures will still be a drain on the remainder of society.” No. They’ll be blessed by the moral and social contract which says that no one should be denied medical treatment by virtue of their being too poor. That by banding together all our resources, we can make the whole stronger than its parts. That we can rely on others to help us, just as we would help them. Gad. You make this sound like “the devil take the hindmost.” Oh wait.… Read more »

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FYI: sorry, I didn’t mean for that to sound self-aggrandizing. I just meant that I started to type a comment but then it blossomed into something worthy of a post. I’m planning on linking to your spot-on piece as the reason for my post.

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Is it gauche to tell someone to read your blog for a response? Or rather, a response to a response, or lack thereof? Ok, now I’m just being confusing, but either way I’ll be posting this in my blog later on today (likely after I find supporting links): Lets say we have a doughnut. It can be any kind of doughnut you want, so long as it doesn’t have a filling. For the sake of argument let’s say it’s a toasted coconut, because those seem to be uniformly detested (except by yours truly of course). This doughnut represents all the… Read more »