I’ll step back from macroeconomics to talk about something a little more generally accessible: A Song of Ice and Fire. Specifically, why George R.R. Martin either owes readers a new book or should give all of their money back.
Republicans have put themselves in an impossible position on health care.
Unless you’ve been living deep in a cave underneath the rock which knocked you into a coma when it fell, you’ll have heard about the health care debate. In 2009 the Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). The Republican party united in opposition to the law and spent the subsequent seven years vowing to repeal and replace the law with something non-specifically better. They focused their pitch in particular on spending less and reducing regulation.
Readers who have never picked up a novel by the late Terry Pratchett should hop offline and do so. His witty and insightful Discworld series lives up to to the highest traditions of satire, managing to reflect the real world through a funhouse mirror of humor and medieval fantasy tropes.
Whoof. For those of us who write about economics, this is like opening up with “it was a dark and stormy night.” You know you’re in for something scary, lengthy, a little bit cliched and very hard to kill.
Journalists and lawyers have a lot in common. Our jobs demand many of the same skills, involve similar accomplishments and even attract many of the same people.
If you want to find a law firm refugee, look no further than the nearest newsroom. And we journalists need to start taking a note from our colleagues with JDs. We need to learn how to conduct a cross examination.
So, the other day I was contacted by an aspiring freelance writer.
I always enjoy hearing from would-be writers and journalists of every stripe. It reminds me of everyone who has helped me out along the way, and makes me feel good to finally get a chance to pay their kindness forward (even if just a little bit).
So, this afternoon I’m writing a story about single payer healthcare at the state level.
Since losing the 2016 election, Medicare for all has picked up steam on the Democratic left. This started as a bumper sticker among those who take it on faith that Bernie Sanders would have defeated Donald Trump, but increasingly it’s showing up in the more normalized corridors of power.
For anyone who has checked out my Twitter or Facebook accounts, surprises come no smaller. I command a proud following of 14 followers at current count, and the last time I updated my Facebook profile comic movies still seemed like a bold experiment.
When criticizing Obamacare, right wing commenters often cite President Barak Obama’s infamous promise “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” (See, for example, this piece by Ross Douthat.)
Their criticism is both more than fair and often made in bad faith.