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Friday, May 12, 2006

If the subway system were like health care...

From Malcolm Gladwell's blog:

I always try to think of a suitable analogy [for the problems with employer-based health care] and fail. The closest I can come is to imagine if we had employer-based subways in New York. You could ride the subway if you had a job. But if you lost your job, you would either have to walk or pay a prohibitively expensive subway surcharge. Of course, if you lost your job you would need the subway more than ever, because you couldn't afford taxis and you would need to travel around looking for work.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Book Bag: 'The Ancient Engineers'

De Camp, L. Sprague. The Ancient Engineers (Ballantine Books, 1995). [P-A-G-toc]