[…] our private health insurance system is purely parasitic; it is useless; it exists solely for the purpose of rental extraction from its host, the body politic. Abolish it, and you bend the cost curve to look like Canada’s. If single payer had been adopted in 2009, and given a year to implement (like Medicare) the country would already have saved a trillion dollars, and several thousand people would not be dead. That is the cost, the harm, of the tapeworm that is the health insurance industry. Not science fiction; sober fact. (Because Canadians are always sober!) And ObamaCare seeks to fasten that tapeworm’s hooks and suckers to our body politic’s gut. Forever.

Lambert Strether “Krugman, on ObamaCare, Gets the Wrong Worm”

[…] our private health insurance system is purely parasitic; it is useless; it exists solely for the purpose of rental extraction from its host, the body politic. Abolish it, and you bend the cost curve to look like Canada’s. If single payer had been adopted in 2009, and given a year to implement (like Medicare) the country would already have saved a trillion dollars, and several thousand people would not be dead. That is the cost, the harm, of the tapeworm that is the health insurance industry. Not science fiction; sober fact. (Because Canadians are always sober!) And ObamaCare seeks to fasten that tapeworm’s hooks and suckers to our body politic’s gut. Forever.

The French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre was sitting in a cafe when a waitress approached him.

‘Can I get you something to drink, Monsieur Sartre?’ she asked.

Sartre looked up from his reading and replied, ‘Yes, I’d like a cup of coffee with sugar, but no cream.’

Nodding agreement, the waitress walked off to fill the order and Sartre returned to his book. However, the waitress returned a few minutes later with a concerned look on her face. ‘I’m sorry, Monsieur Sartre,’ she said, ‘but we are all out of cream. Is it alright if we make you coffee with no milk?’

I always think about this joke when people say they’re going to boycott a place they never were going to shop at in the first place.