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Love Medicare, hate government run healthcare.

Krugman reacts to this oddity:

Why Americans hate single-payer insurance

Because they don't know they have it. A commenter points me to this:

At a recent town-hall meeting in suburban Simpsonville, a man stood up and told Rep. Robert Inglis (R-S.C.) to "keep your government hands off my Medicare."

"I had to politely explain that, 'Actually, sir, your health care is being provided by the government,' " Inglis recalled. "But he wasn't having any of it."

One of the truly amazing and depressing things about the health reform debate is the persistence of fear-mongering over "socialized medicine" even though we already have a system in which the government pays substantially more medical bills (47% of the total) than the private insurance industry (35%).

Meanwhile Matthew Yglesias provides data that shows that older people are the least likely to support universal healthcare. As he says:

I assume that were seniors not in a position to benefit from a special, wildly popular "universal health care for old people only" program that they would look more kindly on creating a universal health care program.

By fnord12 | July 28, 2009, 12:09 PM | Liberal Outrage


A friend of mine blogged another story almost identical to the Krugman one, but that showed up as a letter to the editor: