Paul Krugman's World of Imagination

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February 26, 2014

1. Paul Krugman's World of Imagination

2. Dispatches


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1. Paul Krugman's World of Imagination

Paul Krugman has long assured us the "scare stories" about the dysfunctional operation of Britain's socialized medicine system are false—even as those stories continue to pile up. Now he's doing the same for the impact of ObamaCare.

He begins by claiming that victims of the estate tax are "purely imaginary" (a claim debunked by James Taranto). He goes on to claim the victims of ObamaCare are also figments of our overactive imagination.

"[W]hat the right wants are struggling average Americans, preferably women, facing financial devastation from health reform. So those are the tales they’re telling, even though they haven’t been able to come up with any real examples."

All of this must be a real relief to Stephen Blackwood, who on the same morning recounted the tribulations of his terminally ill mother under ObamaCare.

"When my mother was diagnosed with carcinoid cancer in 2005.... Carcinoid, a form of neuroendocrine cancer, is a terminal disease but generally responds well to treatment by Sandostatin, a drug that slows tumor growth and reduces (but does not eliminate) the symptoms....
"[M]y mother has kept fighting, determined to make the most of life, no matter what it brings. She has an indomitable will and is by far the toughest person I've ever met. But she wouldn't still be here without that semimonthly Sandostatin shot that slows the onslaught of her disease.
"She'd had a Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan for nearly 20 years. It was expensive, but given that it covered her very expensive treatment, it was a terrific plan. And then, because our lawmakers and president thought they could do better, she had nothing. Her old plan, now considered illegal under the new health law, had been canceled.
"Then on Feb. 12, just before going into (yet another) surgery, she was informed by Humana that it would not, in fact, cover her Sandostatin, or other cancer-related medications.... This is a woman who had an affordable health plan that covered her condition. Our lawmakers weren't happy with that because...they wanted plans that were affordable and covered her condition. So they gave her a new one. It doesn't cover her condition and it's completely unaffordable."

This sounds terrible, so it's a relief to hear that this woman doesn't really exist. On the other hand, maybe Krugman's revelation is not so reassuring, since the implication that Mr. Blackwood's mother is "purely imaginary" poses a rather peculiar metaphysical paradox.

But of course it's Krugman who is living in a world of imagination, attempting to wish away the unpleasant consequences of legislation he championed.

This is another example of the callous "compassion" of the left. They care about the poor and the sick—to the extent that they can be used as props so folks on the left can make a public show of their moral superiority by advocating for bigger government. But when it comes to the fate of actual people, they can be astonishingly indifferent.


2. Dispatches

How could John Dingell's legacy of lifetime tenure in political office get worse? His wife is running for "his seat," which is apparently family property now.

The longest-serving representatives in the House. Otherwise known as the Roll of Shame.

Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian political murderer, admits that he is really a Nazi and not actually a fan of "Fjordman" and other liberal anti-jihadists. Has the media, which originally swallowed Breivik's claims, bothered to notice?

Being married with children in your earlier twenties used to be normal. Now, apparently, the media considers it a bizarre "alternative lifestyle."

I can be tough on the French sometimes, but this is a travesty. I mean, what is France without berets?


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