Exciting New Method of Health Care Finance

The hearts of consumer-directed health care advocates will surely be gladdened by one innovative Georgia family’s effort to pay for care for their two disabled children:

Facing snowballing medical expenses for their two young disabled children, Gregg and Brittiny Peters quipped they might need to sell everything they owned to stay solvent. As the bills tipped $10,000, however, the idea was no longer funny. So on Thursday, the Georgia couple accepted a winning $20,000 eBay bid for all their belongings minus their house.

As John McCain said in the campaign, eBay can be the answer for many woes–especially if you don’t mind living without furniture.

Seriously, as we endlessly debate the stimulative potential of various proposed government interventions, Paul Krugman’s moral clarity on the matter should be our lodestar:

There’s a populist rage building in this country, as Americans see bankers getting huge bailouts while ordinary citizens suffer. . . . Barney Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee . . . argues that — as a matter of political necessity as well as social justice — aid to bankers has to be linked to a strengthening of the social safety net, so that Americans can see that the government is ready to help everyone, not just the rich and powerful.

The bottom line, then, is that this is no time to let campaign promises of guaranteed health care be quietly forgotten. It is, instead, a time to put the push for universal care front and center. Health care now!

I couldn’t have put it better myself. A state that coddles clueless capitalists while neglecting the parents of disabled children is on its way to a legitimation crisis.

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