Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thinking Rationally

Digby notes that there are two kinds of healthcare rationing. There’s the mythological kind the teabaggers are freaking out about that they say will result from Obamacare and that they’re mustering the troops to demonstrate against. And then there’s the real kind that we’re already living with because insurance companies make decisions that determine who and who isn’t worthy of their largess.

Maybe these teabaggers think that those people don’t count and that somehow they’ll personally all be spared from these circumstances if they lose their jobs or get sick. I hope for their sake it’s true. But the truth is that among those who are staging this little stunt, it’s extremely likely that a percentage of them are going to be participating in this rationing in real life at some point. And there is no way of predicting which ones it will happen to. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face…

I wonder what would happen if the teabaggers showed up and staged their kinderspiel at the free clinics. I’ll bet someone will end up needing healthcare one way or the other.