Would The Founding Fathers Ever Mandate People Buy Health Insurance?

Some already did: In July of 1798, Congress passed – and President John Adams signed – “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen.” The law authorized the creation of a government operated marine hospital service and mandated that privately employed sailors be required to purchase health care insurance. Keep in mind that [Read More...]

Infantile

Congressman John Shadegg puts words into a baby’s mouth and cites the baby as an expert on the house floor: UPDATE: Sendai Anonymous (occasional Camels With Hammers contributor and full time resident queen of adding awesome links for further reading in the comments section) reminds us of this post which solves the mystery of what must have [Read More...]

Philosophical Ethics: Rawls’s Maximin Principle

In a series of posts this semester, I am going to blog all (or almost all) the lecture topics for the two Philosophical Ethics classes I am teaching this semester. Each of these posts will primarily explicate the reading or a theme that dominated class discussion in a way that should be accessible to novices [Read More...]

Jon Stewart Vs. Betsy McCaughey On “Death Panels”

One of his most contentious debates ever.  A fascinating, must see watch. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Exclusive – Betsy McCaughey Extended Interview Pt. 1 www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Exclusive – [Read More...]

Is Much Of What We Think About Weight And Health Wrong?

Paul Campos argues so in this thought provoking interview with Megan McArdle, which I recommend reading in full: Obesity is defined completely arbitrarily as a body mass index of 30 or higher (175 pounds for an average height woman). Now body mass follows more or less a normal distribution, whiich means if the the mean [Read More...]


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