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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for March 14, 2017, it’s the Nobody Will Ever Have Healthcare edition of the show.

This week we will talk about breaking news that the Congressional Budget Office, in scoring the American Health Care Act, has concluded that 24 million fewer people will have health insurance by 2026 than under the present Obamacare system. It will evidently cost us $330 billion less than O-care. But is that a bargain? Is making a transition from one, massive healthcare system to another – however much it pays homage to free market principles – a winner? We agree that the core problem is the 1986 law (the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act) that made it illegal to deny emergency room care to anyone. Seems like a small step to one-payer to us.

And, a Slate writer has picked up the gauntlet (*someone* had to) to defend the Barbarians who shut down Charles Murray’s speech at Middlebury College a week ago. Osita Nwanevu (we call him Osh) says that “the victory of reason cannot always be assured.” He duels with his fellow liberals (Peter Beinert, Frank Bruni and others) who have argued for tolerance of opposing views and against the thugs by asking when is something really beyond the pale. Liberalism, he says, has a self-destruct button called free speech.

The strange thing is, Osh makes a very compelling argument. If it’s okay to shut down Milo Yiannopoulos for unsavory opinions why can’t we shut down Murray (assuming that you grant, which of course I don’t, that Murray’s opinions are unsavory). Where are we allowed to draw the line? The most remarkable part of Osh’s argument is that he brings in William F. Buckley Jr. himself to make his point. It’s a fun discussion.

We will have our shower thoughts as usual and we will have as this week’s hidden gem The Gambler by the inimitable Kenny Rogers.

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Members have made 6 comments.

  1. Profile photo of Henry Castaigne Member

    Really good philosophically thoughtful show guys. Good work.

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    • March 14, 2017 at 2:27 pm
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    Really good philosophically thoughtful show guys. Good work.

    Just made my day, Henry! Thanks!

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    • March 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm
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  3. Profile photo of Walker Member

    Sorry you’ve decided to leave Ricochet’s podcast lineup. You have been the best of the group! Hopefully, you’ve made a smart decision to go over to the Panoply network, and I’ll continue to listen. However, except for the WSJ and GLOP, the lineup looks like quite a different demographic and political profile. Good luck!

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    • March 14, 2017 at 11:52 pm
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    Walker (View Comment):
    Sorry you’ve decided to leave Ricochet’s podcast lineup. You have been the best of the group! Hopefully, you’ve made a smart decision to go over to the Panoply network, and I’ll continue to listen. However, except for the WSJ and GLOP, the lineup looks like quite a different demographic and political profile. Good luck!

    Hi Walker,

    As I understand it we are not leaving Ricochet. Rather, a number of Ricochet podcasts are joining the flagship Ricochet podcast under the Panoply banner (while still originating on Ricochet). So I don’t think we are leaving at all – just expanding.

    -Mike

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    • March 15, 2017 at 10:23 am
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  5. Profile photo of Saint Augustine Member

    Yes. It’s not insurance.

    Pelosi, Reid, and Obama literally banned health insurance in the USA.

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    • March 15, 2017 at 8:18 pm
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  6. Profile photo of Saint Augustine Member

    Alternative to a botched liberal arts education at a liberal university: Learn philosophy on my YouTube channel!

    • #6
    • March 15, 2017 at 10:45 pm
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