Health care system

gladwell.com: Gladwell v. Gopnik con’t

Malcolm Gladwell has changed his mind about healthcare sytsems. He explains why in the link above and in other postings on his recently started blog.

I like this extract:

….."the idea of employer-based health care is just plain stupid–and only our familiarity with it and sheer inertia prevent us from rising up in rebellion. I always try to think of a suitable analogy and fail. The closest I can come is to imagine if we had employer-based subways in New York. You could ride the subway if you had a job. But if you lost your job, you would either have to walk or pay a prohibitively expensive subway surcharge. Of course, if you lost your job you would need the subway more than ever, because you couldn’t afford taxis and you would need to travel around looking for work. Right? In any case, what logical connection is there between employment and transporation? If you can answer that question, you can solve the riddle of the U.S. health care system. And maybe I’ll change my mind back. "