Health Care Fallacy #3
Let’s start with a correct claim:
The fiscal outlook is grimmer than before, therefore we should spend less on health care reform than I used to think.
I’m willing to make a comparable admission when it comes to tax cuts, so will you sign on to this claim about health care and revise your policy prescriptions accordingly? (Unless of course your previous estimate had forecast the current revenue situation; Nouriel Roubini could claim this.)
If you do not sign on to this claim, you are committing the third health care cost fallacy. Note also that your support for non-revenue-intensive means of health care reform might well go up, for related reasons.
Think of it this way, you are planning on buying a house and you and your spouse both work. Suddenly your spouse loses her job. Do you go ahead and buy the same house you were looking at when you both had a job, or do you scale back and look for a less expensive house?
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