Ep. 76 Has Obamacare Really Saved Lives? Plus: Now Krugman Knows How Libertarians Feel All the Time

5 March 2017     |     Tom Woods     |     7

We’ve covered Obamacare quite a bit on this podcast, but we had to address Krugman’s claim — advanced by many on the left — that Obamacare has surely saved lives, and its repeal would undoubtedly involve the loss of life. Then we look at Krugman’s worry about the prospect of a media in the regime’s pocket, and private individuals and companies feeling pressured to toe the regime’s line. Yeah, we’ve never seen anything like that before!

Special Guest

For today’s episode we’re joined by Oren Cass, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

Guest’s Wesbite


Krugman Columns

Death and Tax Cuts” (February 24, 2017)
The Uses of Outrage” (February 27, 2017)

Contra Column

No, Obamacare Has Not Saved American Lives,” by Oren Cass

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  • Icy Blast

    Krugman is an insufferable liar. Critiquing his columns must be the intellectual equivalent of cleaning a sewer.

  • Icy Blast

    It seems the majority of “Progressives” are semiliterate. (The rest are illiterate.)

  • Саревски Симон

    Hey guys, can you link some articles on environmentalism/carbon tax as you’ve mentioned. cheers

  • Vincent Tschida

    Any discussion that refers to a change in death rate only confuses the issue. The death rate is a constant, one per person. Reducing deaths in any given year only pushes it forward.

    • Jennifer R.

      But it may push it forward by more than a year. A parent of say, a 13 and 15 year old would be well served by living just 5 years longer.

  • http://www.economicmanblog.com Roger Barris

    Bob gets the award, once again, for best reference to popular culture with his shout out on Dr. Strangelove (“precious bodily fluids”).

    The discussion about the pre-existing conditions tail wagging the medical care dog was very interesting and a great point. Could someone put some numbers on this?

    Also, one other number that is frequently missed in these discussions: I have seen statistics that indicate that only 11% of health outcomes are determined by medical care, far behind behavior (38%), social circumstances (23%) and genetics (21%). So, the entire discussion about medical care is somewhat besides the point if our objective is producing better medical outcomes. Do Bob/Oren have any comments about this?

  • tz1

    If you prefer the cucky cruise:

    The difference with the alt-right is they would either do external torpedos or open the sea-cocks sinking the Neo cons. Instead of arguing admiralty law or how Rothbard would do a better replacement.