As the debate over health care reform slogs on, a particular kind of argument has become quite familiar. It goes something like this:
Health care system X is a bad system because it kills people.
In support of this assertion, we are then treated to a set of anecdotes about how this or that person died as a result of this or that health care system break down. Hence, we see critics of Obama’s proposals trotting out horror stories about how NHS bureaucracy resulted in the death of this or that Briton’s loved ones. Likewise, we see supporters of health care reform unearthing heartbreaking stories of how the American patchwork of private insurance and Medicare or Medicaid killed off dad or mom. My question is, “So what?” Read More