Yes, two of them. Color me indecisive. (Or maybe you shouldn’t.)
I lean toward the “Never speak ill of the dead” side of the spectrum, myself, so it would not have occurred to me to say what Jenn says here about the late Howard Zinn:
I’m not sure he will join Teddy Kennedy in hell but if he doesn’t he should be made to spend eternity in a Catholic school purgatory with nuns slapping history into his head with yardsticks. I hate to think how much damage that book of his has done to America.
Okay, it would not have occurred to me to say it out loud.
Notice that most people aren’t really all that happy about how cell phone plans work — signing lengthy contracts, paying high monthly fees whether or not they use it, etc. I submit that the way we pay for health care has a lot of the same problems (and more — after all, at least the government doesn’t incentivize our employers to garnish our paychecks to pay for our cell phone plans) — but people just don’t notice it because they don’t think about health care the same way that they think about their cell phone plans.
They should. And if Basic Health Care was essentially a utility, a monthly service, like cell phone plans, then maybe they would — and maybe they’d stop and see that what they’re asking for when they clamor for government to “reform” “healthcare” is the health-care equivalent of asking the government to take over Sprint and then force everyone to sign up for 50-year cell phone contracts in which the government has the power to limit the number of minutes.
[Insert reference to iPhone — not available on Sprint — here]