Friday, October 15, 2004

Health Insurance Economics 101 

In the last debate Bob Schiefer asked both Senator Kerry and President Bush about health insurance. King has provided this link for the candidates (and all of you readers who can open .doc attachments) to understand what many undergraduates at St. Cloud State University are now learning about this issue.

The economic complexities concerning health insurance become clear when we depersonalize the issues, and speak allegorically about cars rather than human bodies. Suddenly, when discussing "vehicle health insurance, carpool tunnel syndrome, and mechanical malpractice," nuances disappear. Students learn the power of special interest groups and why politicians try to make our desires become - first needs - and then rights.