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...

Maps

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...

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...