This is excellent. McMegan, who recently presented us all with a rambling glibertarian treatise on why she opposed health care reform, apparently is completely unaware that health insurance premiums have doubled and tripled in the last seven years. And remember. She’s their economics expert.
Meanwhile, Mark Ambinder apparently can’t admit he is wrong.
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According to Megan, being wrong shows how right she was:
But this is not the “gotcha” the left believes. I erred so low because I was trying to be charitable to the cause of national health care. You see, the reason that insurance premia are so high in New York State is that New York State enjoys community rating, guaranteed issue, and a very generous bevy of mandatory services. The result is that the cost of insurance is very, very high. What I failed to realize was just how radically out of line New York’s rules had pushed its health care costs.
I’m not an economist or a health-care expert, although if I was the latter, I’m sure Megan would sneer at me. But I can say this- if you are the expert on these issues, you should maybe rely on actual numbers. Not just guessing or trying to be charitable.
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From the comments:
God that is stupid. She links to some data she likes, and then extrapolates her personal experience to the entire state of New York. If she had followed the links back to KFF, she would have seen there is no state level data in the cited report. However, about 2 minutes on the web would have produced a report from KFF show that costs in New York were not “radically out of line” with the rest of the country, along with a report showing that premium increases in New York from 2000 to 2007 were only about 80%, not 400%+.