Patterico's Pontifications


Shorter Michael Hiltzik

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 6:38 pm

Congress should repeal the antitrust exemption for health insurers, as more competition is crucial.

Also, I wish we had a single-payer system.


  1. Hiltzik, of course, doesn’t see the contradiction in wanting more competition in heath care while and wanting the government to take over health care.

    Or has he repudiated single-payer and just didn’t tell anyone?

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 11/2/2009 @ 6:16 pm

  2. Being Liberal means never having to be intellectually consistent.

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! (83414c) — 11/2/2009 @ 6:21 pm

  3. I prefer to call those of his ilk “leftist” or “statist” to liberal, because it’s more accurate. I consider myself a liberal, or in today’s terminology, libertarian. Classically, liberalism had nothing to do with modern leftism, which is by nature illiberal.

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 11/2/2009 @ 6:27 pm

  4. What a maroon!

    At least he kind of long-windedly admits that McCarran-Ferguson is a complete red herring.

    One barrier to competition that he fails to mention is those ginormous profits the liberals keep claiming the health insurers make. Usually profits attract competition. Could it be that the profits are not as great as the liberals make them out to be?

    Comment by daleyrocks (718861) — 11/2/2009 @ 6:44 pm

  5. Why does a columnist think he won’t be checked for any contradictions from his prior columns? Or could it be that they just don’t give a damn?

    Comment by Dmac (a964d5) — 11/2/2009 @ 6:51 pm

  6. Hiltzik may not have written that column. His sock puppet probably wrote it. The guy is a clown. At least he is in a circus at the LAT.

    Comment by Mike K (2cf494) — 11/2/2009 @ 6:54 pm

  7. Krugman contradicts himself on a regular basis. Tom Maguire does a great job of skewering him on it.

    Comment by daleyrocks (718861) — 11/2/2009 @ 6:59 pm

  8. Why is he still using up the meager column inches in the business section for his partisan screeds?

    Comment by Kevin Murphy (3c3db0) — 11/2/2009 @ 7:35 pm

  9. What Mike K (Koshi?) said. Sure Hiltzik wrote the whole thing, as opposed to Hiltzik writing the part about repealing McCarran-Ferguson, while Nofanofcablecos wrote the part about single-payer?

    Comment by Xrlq (9ba9f0) — 11/3/2009 @ 3:49 am

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