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Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Great Moments in Tortured AnalogiesI do my best to steer as clear from politics as possible in this space. But at the risk of crossing the line, I link to an editorial that uses an extended analogy involving Major League Baseball to talk about the health care debate. The upshot: health care reform that involves a public plan would be the equivalent of Major League Baseball itself forming a team that competes with the existing 30 teams:
The analog in baseball would be for Major League Baseball — the corporate entity that oversees the game — to field a team that competed with other MLB teams. And that this MLB-owned team could play by a different set of rules (didn’t need to support its expenses, could have losses subsidized by taxpayers, etc).
I'm kind of torn here, because while the flaming pinko inside of me would like to see some sort of public option, the idea that Bud Selig and Bob DuPuy could do better running a team than Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman is rather laughable.
And folks: I won't tell anyone how to comment, but I'd really like to not see this turned into a serious and ugly political thread. I'm much more interested in exploring the problems, appropriateness or general absurdity of the basic analogy in baseball terms than in bringing health care politics into this space. But as is always the case, it's your thread.
Now, onto that proposal to allow Don Fehr to address our nation's school children later today . . .
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 10:42am
The Rabbit said...
Posted 09/08 at 04:24 PM
Ah heath care debates really brings up the best in people. Reminds me of that one guy who said that if Steven Hawking has been living under the British heath care system, they would have let him die.
Posted 09/09 at 12:57 AM
Greg Simons said...
If the same entity - the government, MLB, whoever - ran both baseball and the health care system back in 2002, would someone have performed a Colon exam and decided not to trade a bushel of top prospects for him?
Posted 09/09 at 09:50 AM