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Mitt Romney doesn’t see dead people. But that’s only because he doesn’t want to see them; if he did, he’d have to acknowledge the ugly reality of what will happen if he and Paul Ryan get their way on health care.
Krugman's Monday column uses Romney's words against him, quoting first the statement to the Columbus Dispatch that no one dies because of being uninsured and then referring to Romney's previous statement about people being able to get their essential health care in hospital emergency rooms.  He then says bluntly
These are remarkable statements. They clearly demonstrate that Mr. Romney has no idea what life (and death) are like for those less fortunate than himself.
There is so much more in this column . . .

Before returning to the column, which I STRONGLY urge you to read, I want to make a suggestion.  Krugman has become one of the most important truth-tellers in American public life.  His stature as a Nobel Laureate in Economics certainly gives his words heft, as does having The New York Times as the vehicle through which he expresses his thoughts.  Yet were he not both a clear thinker and a superb writer, neither of those would matter as much.  As it is, because he both - a clear thinker and a superb writer - they serve to amplify the cogency of what he offers.

In Krugman's case, it is not just one or two powerful columns.   It is column after column after column.

There is a lot of good detail in this column.

Krugman reminds you that while a hospital emergency room cannot deny you urgent care, that does not mean it is free -  the expense can bankrupt people, and the fear of the bills can mean some people do not seek treatment and therefore die.

Further, emergency room treatment is no substitute for appropriate care before things reach a crisis that can mean even the emergency treatment is insufficient.

So the reality, to which Mr. Romney is somehow blind, is that many people in America really do die every year because they don’t have health insurance

Krugman goes through the impact of this, and also talks about how Republicans want to accuse those who use "voucher" to describe what they want to do to Medicare of being liars, except there is this:  

Among the lying liars, then, is the guy who, in 2009, described the Ryan plan as a matter of “converting Medicare into a defined contribution sort of voucher system.” Oh, wait — that was Paul Ryan himself.
Our Nobel Laureate then goes through some of financial implications of what Romney and Ryan are proposing.

You really do need to read ALL of the column.

At that point, you will understand the power of Krugman's final putdown:  

It’s not a pretty picture — and you can see why Mr. Romney chooses not to see it.
Read the column.

Pass it on.

I think Krugman deserves a Pulitzer for his commentary, don't you?

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  •  Paul Krugman is the reason I broke down and (29+ / 0-)

    subscribed to the NYT online.

    And yes, people die every day from conditions that would have been curable if they had had insurance. Or great wealth. Like all of the people in Mitt Romney's world.

    "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

    by Susan Grigsby on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 07:08:37 PM PDT

  •  Thank You - N/T (6+ / 0-)

    "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

    by linkage on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 07:15:37 PM PDT

  •  another great diary, ken. the guardian has been (21+ / 0-)

    running a story since saturday on its fp (by james clancey? -- i might have the name wrong, sorry) about the author's experiences in the er & later in the hospital that was so horrific, with inscurance company goons calling to harrass him while he was on an iv (!) & threatening to cancel his policy, etc, that he changed his mind about sitting out the election & has decided he's going to vote afterall -- for obama -- b/c of the aca.

  •  Some call it their ideology, some call (7+ / 0-)

    it severe mental illness.  Others say it's a euphemism for murder.  When you can advocate for, vote for or create legislation that will unquestionably lead to the death of Americans, either by starving, denying health care or sending Americans to go after oil under someone else's land, then even though they've created a separation from the actual murders, they are responsible and they are mentally ill.  Stop the euphemisms, call it what it is... murder by the mentally ill.  Pretty harsh.  But call it what it is, premeditated murder w/a smile.  There is no coherent conservative logic.  It all comes down to greed and hate of others.  They like for us to think they have a legitimate philosophy but it only immoral relativism.  Too many of their points are contradictory, inconsistent or irrational.  It's not an ideology, it is a mental illness.

    •  Not really. (2+ / 0-)
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      You ignore the "random" aspect of what I call Premeditated Random Murder. It's a strong - and, they'll argue, necessary - component of doing any kind of business in the big league arena. If I push the limits on safety in my mines, miners are bound to die when one of 'em blows. But so long as they don't, I'm making a bazillion dollars a day. Cost-Benefit Analysis is what that's called. It's applied to everything, including health care and feeding the hungry and... well, you've heard it before. Every time we eat something laced with carcinogens. Every time we breathe carcinogenic air or drink carcinogenic water or dose ourselves with DEET so we don't get West Nile or malaria.

      The victims are random nobodies out there who die because of this policy or that venture or the other product produced knowing it'll kill a certain number of people. Heck, we take our own chances every day just driving to and from work or school or wherever else we go in our ever so deadly vehicles.

      It's not a mental illness, it's going with the odds. And betting daily that it won't be us or our loved ones who come up short.

      •  Oh I get it, voting to cut off health care or food (0+ / 0-)

        and knowing it will cause unseen, but certain deaths is like taking a chance and driving a car or drinking a glass of water or eating a steak.  yeah, that makes sense.  And selling cars that will kill it's owners and others is just a cost benefit analysis for the manufacturer.  I thought the Nuremberg Trials answered that question.  Cost benefit has nothing to do with a sane persons business decisions when it comes to life and death.  A sane person would fix the mine or cars or food supply.  A mentally ill person would disregard such questions and as republicans do.  Just because someone is in charge of other peoples lives doesn't give them license to claim mental health while they apply cost benefit to how many lives it will cost for them to increase their profit margin. "They" can argue all they want but it's still murder and people who are loved and love others are dead because of mentally ill republicans feeling that because of the separation from their deeds they are exonerated and some people like to defend those mentally ill murderers w/distortions and language manipulation.

        •  It's the BAIN-ality of evil in action. (3+ / 0-)
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          They're not clinically insane. Just totally amoral.

          It's the system which has lost it's moorings. And there are many "sane" people who will do whatever everyone else is doing, particularly if authority figures endorse said behavior.

          The working poor haven’t abdicated responsibility for their lives. They’re drowning in it. -Ezra Klein

          by bubbajim on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 09:17:26 PM PDT

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        •  Not buying it, sorry. (0+ / 0-)

          The mentally ill are not fully legally responsible for the harm they cause. That's why there's what they call the "insanity defense," and why most states have laws against executing the mentally ill even if they were convicted. Seems to me that you're giving Repukes a pass for their embrace of evil.

          There is a difference between being mentally/cognitively incapable of reasoning out the consequences of one's actions, and being just too damned evil to care. Really.

          As for the cost-benefit equations that apply to society in general - the cancers and lung issues and carnage on the highways, etc., society always has and always will accept a certain amount of death in return for modern conveniences and technologies. You have twice as high a chance of being killed by your doctor (or some other functionary) in the hospital as dying of no medical care at all. Society accepts that death toll too, because medical care also alleviates a great deal of suffering among the general population when it doesn't actually do harm.

          Sometimes we get to pick our poisons. That's why we vote, hoping for broad social policies that do the least amount of harm and/or actively work to mitigate harm intended to be done by conscienceless parasites just too damned evil to care.

  •  Krugmam is a First Read every day. (6+ / 0-)

    I subscribe to his blog on my Kindle. He sometimes blogs several times a day.

    "We must be the change we wish to see in the world" - Gandhi
    "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little" – FDR

    by smokey545 on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 07:31:42 PM PDT

  •  Obama MUST say this in the debate (6+ / 0-)

    Mitt will accuse him of scaring people and Obama needs to say that it's scares people because they will be hurt.  

    so long and thanks for all the fish

    by Anton Bursch on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 07:34:40 PM PDT

  •  The more the Village hates you (13+ / 0-)

    the more valuable you are to the American people.

    Paul Krugman (or Krugthulu as I call him, as the inside the beltway class treats him like he's a Lovecraftian God-Monster) is always a danger to the lazy conventional wisdom pimps in the back pocket of our OverClass because he doesnt' buy in to their bullshit.

    Austerity doesn't work.
    Punishing the poor for the sins of the rich isn't progress.
    Facts as opinions and opinions as facts-ism being not just acceptable but preferable in our political press is really killing journalism.

    It is a bigger sin to call somebody a liar than to be one in this country.

    No wonder everything is so fucking screwed up and so fucking hard to fix.

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 07:41:36 PM PDT

    •  Since We're Drawn From Every People and Philosophy (1+ / 0-)
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      on earth, and we unarguably have the greatest system of government that could ever be conceived, clearly it's the human race that is the failure of America and the reason "everything is so fucking screwed up and so fucking hard to fix."

      --That, or maybe it's something more particular than our entire species.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 08:05:44 PM PDT

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  •  how uncivil of dr. krugman! (5+ / 0-)

    why, bobo must be on his fainting couch. to point out the fraud, lies, deception and just plain mendaciousness of the romney-ryan ticket's proposed healthcare insurance policies is just so, so.........................rude! no doubt "dr." ablow will be declaring dr. krugman to be suffering early signs of dementia, and the rest of the morning FOX crew will be tsk tsking him for just being so, so..............truthy! the cad!

  •  Romney Ryan not lying (0+ / 0-)

    Everyone knows that the cuts they propose will be aimed at blacks and whatnot. They are Social Darwinists. It's just that they dare not say it out loud.

    A Catholic, Jew, Muslim and Buddhist walk into Al Aqsa Mosque. Buddhist immediately exclaims: "excuse me I appear to be in the wrong joke."

    by Salo on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 09:10:48 PM PDT

  •  This Krugman article is a home run. (2+ / 0-)
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    Something to share with the less informed.
    It explains the Romney plan extremely well.
    Thanks for posting this diary.

  •  This is from the same guy who told students... (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, wintergreen8694 borrow money from their parents to start a business!

    Romney's disconnect is breathtaking... The guy really has no friggin clue...

  •  Willard must be counting on the overly well to do (3+ / 0-)
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    ..and the stone racists as a winning coalition, because anyone with an ounce of intellect and any real-life experience whatsoever would know upon hearing that statement that it was a lie.

    Voting Republican unless you are rich and without empathy is a religious statement. Belief for belief's sake. Soaked in FOX brain-bleach, brainwashed and spin-dried.

    Perhaps one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not.

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 10:10:37 PM PDT

  •  Krugman, Reich, Warren--those are the people BO (4+ / 0-)

    should be getting his advice from. Summers, Geithner, Emanual were a disaster.  Let's hope BO learned something from the last 4 years. We are running out of time to get it right.

    Warren is neither a Clintonesque triangulator nor an Obamaesque conciliator. She is a throwback to a more combative progressive tradition, and her candidacy is a test of whether that approach can still appeal to voters.-J. Toobin

    by chuck utzman on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 10:11:24 PM PDT

  •  Personally, I don't think Willard knows how (1+ / 0-)
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    He lives. Things just happen in his world. It's not just the number of horses his wife has that he's ignorant about. He's not good with numbers and his accountant takes care of them all, just as the lawn service takes care of the grass and an elevator is going to move the cars around. Willard's the mechanical man in a mechanical world. He's like a machine because he doesn't think.
    What he reminds me of is a tadpole, an organism focused on consuming anything that doesn't move out of its way. Whichnismhow come the less agile and less motile tadpoles end up being et by their own kind and there aren't nearly as many frogs produced as there were eggs in the spawn. Frogs, I've decided are really dumb creatures. Even as adults, they'll jump and catch whatever transits their line of sight at the "right" velocity. Which is how come they end up catching full grown frogs and swallows they can't swallow and so both predator and prey die. The stupid dying young does not, however, seem to increase the intelligence of the species.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 12:12:36 AM PDT

    •  intelligence (1+ / 0-)
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      isn't the only or even more effective evolutionary scheme.  Sheer numbers proves effective, sufficient eggs guarantees a dumb species survival, not that it gets smarter.

      Humans are proving to be dangerous by increasing certain kinds of intelligence, tool making, technology that allows us to readliiy exploit resources to ensure survival in a variety of niches and by being able to use it to keep most offspring alive these days.  We have achieved the evolutionary survival scheme of the dumb, large numbers of offspring rapidly consuming all resources without thought--but on exponential scales--without using our intelligence to figure out it wasn't how we were meant to survive.

  •  I will read all of what you wrote in a bit, Ken, (2+ / 0-)
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    but first I want to speak about Paul Krugman.

    He has been prescient since I first began reading him -- roughly the same day he first got an op-ed column in The Times.

    He has been...well, there's that word again: prescient...for more than a decade now.

    I do understand that he would rather be a gadfly/Cassandra than a part of this or any political administration.  He doesn't have the taste for being involved (on a visceral level) in politics, b/c that would mean he couldn't speak truth to power.

    And I gotta say, I applaud him for it.  Now, if we could only get the Low-Info crowd to read him.

    B/c if there's one thing you can say about Krugman, it's that he's high-info and extremely well spoken/written.  

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 12:41:08 AM PDT

  •  Read it and posted it to my FB page (2+ / 0-)
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    teacherken, wintergreen8694

    Great article - I really like Paul Krugman and yes, I think he deserves a Pulitzer.  

    The Romney / Ryan campaign is the epitome of selfishness, greed and narcissism.  

    I cannot understand why anybody, including some of my friends, are thinking of voting for them - they say it's not about the black man in the White House - they just don't think Obama has "done" anything to move the country forward.  I just don't get it, there truly are "none so blind as those who will not see."  

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 03:52:59 AM PDT

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