Tim* has an interesting response to my health care post below. What he puts out is something of a extended meditation on the nature of health insurance, and how it differs from other forms of insurance. Oddly enough, his post, to me, seemed like an excellent argument for nationalizing health insurance in the country, but I assume that wasn't his intent. In any case, it is worth keeping in mind that health insurance does subsidize a number of known conditions and is not, in that way, a simple insurance market. It does redistribute some wealth from the potentially healthy to those known to be sick, but that's necessary.