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In response to Michael Cannon’s column on using his HSA to treat his torn ACL, Ezra Klein writes:
That’s all for the good, when it’s all for the good. On the other hand, that’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from “She had shortness of breath, but no radiating arm pain, so she decided to wait through the weekend because she couldn’t afford the ambulance ride. She died.”
Cannon calls that type of thinking “lazy.” I call it patently stupid. Why would she wait through the weekend because she couldn’t afford the ride? Surely someone in that situation would go to a Minute Clinic (which is very affordable). The docs their would surely refer the patient immediately to a hospital assuming the condition was serious.
Does Klein really think that people are so inept that they are unable to make good decisions on how to spend their health care dollars? Actually, that’s a rhetorical question.
*Klein is uninKleined to make “snese” too.
+ May 2007
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