"Now the fifty-six-year-old Mumm sits alone in her trailer in rural Nevada. She is unable to work due to her disability but is still on the hook for about $300,000 in medical expenses related to her disastrous contact with the U.S. health care system."
Marshall Allen, First Do No Harm
Can someone explain to me those objections to a single-payer system again? The ones that say something about U.S. health care being the best in the world?
Because if this is the best and we should be grateful for it (instead of, you know, trying to come up with a better system) then I’ll just resort to witch-doctors and chewing roots.
"The worst part is that no matter how much money we gain or lose, the investor class always gets paid."
— Edwin Lyngar, The big “middle class” rip-off: How a short sale taught me rich people’s ethics (at Salon.com)
"There is an idea prevalent in our culture that if we just find the right system, we can ride it out in perpetuity. We can gamify social interaction. This idea is manifested most prominently in the departments of psychology, sociology, law, political science, and economics. Moreover, there are now actual game designers who have expressed an interest in tinkering with public policy. I want to suggest that the very idea of trying to define an all-encompassing system, no matter how fair you try to make it, will always produce systems whose rules benefit the makers, and whose externalities they can at best benefit from, and at worst ignore."
— Dorian Taylor, Toward a Theory of Design as Computation