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An inability to feel compassion for others isn't exactly something to brag about, Hube. Some people (including me) have very soft tooth enamel because of antibiotics our mothers took while we were in utero. I have brushed twice a day since I was old enough to hold a toothbruth, and Waterpicked besides, but my molars all developed decay anyway. As Gladwell points out elsewhere in the article -- which also includes some very compelling statistics about how grossly inefficient our quasi-socialized health care system is compared to some fully socialized systems -- some people without health insurance (such as victims of drunk drivers, people with inherited conditions, etc.) suffer not through poor choices but plain old bad luck. Some of us feel the standard conservative answer of "tough shit" shouldn't be good enough.

Posted by Al Mascitti at September 2, 2005 12:10 PM

Play me the violin, Al. You missed this line: (Notice I said "most likely" because certainly there are exceptions where even if one does properly care for their teeth some problems may arise.) Obviously, your situation falls into this category.

I also say this: Good arguments are out there for improved US healthcare, but Gladwell's ain't one of them.

Need I go out there and list all the pitfalls of a fully socialized healthcare system, too?

You're sounding an awful lot like Garrett with the holier-than-thou "I have more compassion" nonsense.

Posted by Hube at September 2, 2005 05:51 PM

Al: yes or no -- will simple daily dental hygiene prevent tooth decay? Even you have to admit that Gladwell was over the top in making the case for universal healthcare with his in-depth description of rotting teeth and the personal anecdotes that followed.

Posted by Hube at September 2, 2005 06:31 PM

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