Thursday, 9 July 2009

Krugman, Cats and Health Care: Why US Reform Will Work and an "Antidote du Jour"

It’s been a while since I’ve read Paul Krugman: economics is the dismal science, of course, and I just had to take a break from it. But given the avalanche of tinsel about Michael Jackson, I went looking for some serious commentary in Krugman.

And guess what? He may be a little tired of being serious too. On his blog recently he had an “Antidote du jour” item, before he went on to the more weighty stuff. The "antidote" subject was a visit to the vet for his cat Doris Lessing.

Doris Lessing? He would have won me over with that even if I didn’t find his analysis of the state of the world just about the most pertinent going. Perhaps there’s a connection between her medical appointment (to have her liver checked, he writes) and the subject of his most recent column "HELP is on the Way," which is about why health insurance reform in the US will work. Medical bills for pets aren't covered by universal health insurance in Canada, but thank goodness people's bills are.

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