Daily Archive: February 2, 2011


The Mandate Double-Bind

Several commenters, led by the indefatigable Boonton, continue to insist that the mandate is best understood as a penalty that can be paid to opt out the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance requirement. I...



Some people see this picture and say: Hey, look! Democracy is backsliding. We should do something. I see this picture and think: We’ve reached a stable equilibrium.  Europe, countries settled by Europeans, and countries...


More Mysterious Than an Enigma

Dictatorship does awful things to its enemies, of course. But it’s none too kind to its friends, either.


The Mandate

Notably absent from Erik’s defense of the Affordable Care Act is a discussion of the bill’s Constitutionality or the wisdom of compelling everyone to purchase private insurance plans. I find this mildly astonishing. Have...


The Two Obfuscations of Obamacare

Obamacare’s defenders have obscured two crucial distinctions, and the end result is an unlimited federal power to command the economy. I don’t think they intended to produce this unlimited power, but they have done...


The Importance of Being Insured

Freddie deBoer writes: Personally, I think denying people adequate health care coverage because of their economic condition or employment status is a practical and ethical failure equal to Jim Crow or similar regimes of...