So sad, and so understandable how she might feel compelled to do this.
@joyballz Seems so! That said, I welcome a blind taste test, at the very least as a chance to DRINK MORE COFFEE!
Intelligentsia coffee is, possibly, the best thing in the world. At least the best thing you can drink. This comment is driven more by my rabid fandom for it than any meaningful thought I could offer.
I would bet a lot of money that I could find at least one case where a pregnant woman was unable to afford prenatal care that, had she received it, could have detected and treated a latent problem that, left untreated, ultimately led to her death or the death of her baby. What, if any, proposed expansions of publicly-funding prenatal care to prevent this are cost-justified? That's a harder question. But the scenario is not impossible.
The problem is that the article's subjects are bad examples of the article's point. A better example would be someone with a great, innovative small business who had to give up the business and go back to work for someone else because she needed health insurance.
@mygoldies @stuffisthings It seems unlikely to me that outcomes in the other 49 states will be more like the outcome some other country than like the outcome in the 50th state. But we won't have to guess for long: like it or not, we'll all find out soon enough!
@stuffisthings It is confusing to me why the point you make here, and the obvious resulting loss to innovation-based growth, isn't more widely acknowledged.
@mygoldies As I understand it, the Massachusetts experience so far does not indicate that universal health care is cheaper. It might be worth the cost, but I think it's not obvious that creating universal health care in the U.S. will bring down cost.
@deepomega Sad thing: the people whose situations of this sort would merit unmitigated understanding and compassion mostly don't have the writing chops to get published in Guernica.
@Oopsendaisies Re the student loans, I just cannot believe that SM getting stuck with all of them is correct.