Orthopedist vs. Anesthesia and a Pair of Articles Putting the ACA in Historical Perspective

Extranormal produces great 'homemade' videos.  Some of the pronunciation of medical terms is rough (asystole = the heart has stopped for my nonmedical readers. Temperature of 29= 84 degrees F, and normal pH is 7.4)

By the way, a nicely paired set of articles by perceptive NY Times journalists today and tomorrow.

Today, David Leonhardt reminds us that this quote

“We are against forcing all citizens, regardless of need, into a compulsory government program,” said one prominent critic of the new health care law. It is socialized medicine, he argued. If it stands, he said, “one of these days, you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.”

is from Ronald Reagan talking about Medicare in the 1960s.   He goes on to discuss the tension between Americans who believe in individual responsibility (the laissez fair conservatives) and those who believe in a minimum standard of living (progressives.)  Both traditions have played a role in America's success; the tension remains

Tomorrow, Matt Bai reminds us that Social Security started collecting premiums in 1935 but didn't pay out pensions until 1941 - and was under siege for decades until it became a critical part of our social fabric (and until most families were getting some benefit from the program).  He suggests that the final analysis of the Affordable Care Act can't be written for a generation.