Glen Greenwald recently Tweeted a link that I blindly followed to find this:
It really is amazing, though. I didn’t flinch when I heard this story [Conservative pundits making fairly egregious claims.], but then again, I live in an area where people make the calculation to not do anything about a sore tooth until they can justify getting it pulled- because that is cheaper than a root canal or anything else. I know people who don’t check their blood sugar, or who don’t take their meds, because they simply can not afford the equipment or the treatment. And they all work. They all have jobs.
Now, most of this statement seems to be hyperbole. However, the writer may know a few people that have to skip taking medication because they can’t afford it…but if you don’t check your blood sugar because you can’t “afford” a testing device, that seems like a case of ultra-extreme hyperbolic discounting…on the level of; you’re walking through the store and because you have to pass the snack food aisle, you can never make it to the pharmacy with your wallet intact.
A cursory search of Google is all it took to come across this, which costs $11.95 (auction puts it at $3.95!). WalMart also offers $4 prescriptions for a fairly good range of medications. Also, here are average prices for tooth extraction and root canal, which are relatively expensive, but not astronomical…
It may just be the “callous right-winger” in me, but I don’t think Mr. Cole isn’t making a very good argument. Two-thirds of his grievances are things that the market has more or less taken care of…or does it not count when WalMart does it? Does everything need to be perpetually high-priced and then subsidized by the government? How does that make anyone better off?