Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cohen on Health Care

From a recent Rger Cohen NYT Op-E:

Whatever may be right, something is rotten in American medicine. It should be fixed. But fixing it requires the acknowledgment that, when it comes to health, we’re all in this together. Pooling the risk between everybody is the most efficient way to forge a healthier society.

Europeans have no problem with this moral commitment. But Americans hear “pooled risk” and think, “Hey, somebody’s freeloading on my hard work."

This last sentence really does describe the American sentiment. We all think that we've earned everything we have. We believe that we did it all by ourselves. And so we can't understand why others wouldn't do the same.

It's nothing more than pure, unadulterated vanity, when you get right down to it.

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