Why I Ought to be on NPR
I was listening to a Fresh Air podcast from a couple of weeks ago, with Krugman and some Heritage foundation guy discussing the health care debate. At one point, early on, the conservative guy made the comment — which I have heard in many places by many conservatives — that part and parcel of a more public health care system (such as in the UK) is that there is someone else making decisions about what treatment is and is not allowed, and that Americans, who have not had to deal with this sort of thing, would find it terribly difficult to live with.
–And this is when I think I ought to be on NPR. I should be an Interjecting Commentator* on the different shows, so that when a guest tries to pull something like this, I can jump in (when the host and other guests are too polite) and shout, as in this case:
Umm, actually, yes, Americans have. They deal with it all the time. It’s called the Insurance Company, and who has not had to deal with THAT external force making ridiculous ultimatums about what treatment can and cannot be used? Don’t believe me? Well then, let’s just cross reference to a recent This American Life (The Fine Print), Act 3 (Restrictions May Apply). Go on, Mr. Conservative, listen!
*I could even have a costume of sorts I could wear. How about a silk cape with the letters IC stitched across it?