Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CUTTING EDGE: New Ideas, Sharp Opinions [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CUTTING EDGE: New Ideas, Sharp Opinions [Derived Headline]

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Via Atlantic Wire: Brian Beutler at Salon urges young people not to opt out of Obamacare. Mr. Beutler acknowledges that young, healthy people will pay more for health care than they get out of it the first few years. But, "they also enter a social contract that promises to provide them affordable coverage when they're older and no longer healthy, as a form of back payment for cross-subsidizing today's aged and ill."

Mr. Beutler shares his own story of being randomly shot and incurring $200,000 in medical costs -- with luck, he had mailed his insurance check the day before the incident. "My deductible more than cleared out my bank account, but in the end, my insurer paid almost every other penny, and saved me from bankruptcy or a lifetime of debt," he writes.

Bottom line: "If you're eligible for Obamacare, and people try to convince you otherwise, ask yourself if you think they'd be giving their own children the same advice."


Scott Galupo, a former aide to House Speaker John Boehner, writes in The American Conservative that "the push to 'defund,' or merely delay the implementation of, Obamacare is maybe the most moronic and counterproductive gambit yet devised by the fire-breathing right flank of the congressional GOP."

The Obamacare fixation "drops the ball" on debt reduction, "invites public fury" over a dysfunctional government and unifies Democrats while fracturing Republicans, Mr. Galupo argues, concluding:

"If the choice is between between Wall Street and the self- assured ideological commandos of aging all-white R+20 congressional districts -- between Goldman and Bachmann, if you will -- well, then I'm just taking my ball and going home."


The Borowitz Report: "Millions of Tea Party loyalists fled the United States in the early morning hours today, seeking what one of them called 'the American dream of liberty from health care.'

"Harland Dorrinson, 47, a tire salesman from Lexington, Ky., packed up his family and whatever belongings he could fit into his Chevy Suburban just hours before the health-insurance exchanges opened, joining the Tea Party's Freedom Caravan with one goal in mind: escape from Obamacare. …

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