As I’ve stated before, I personally find the idea of nationalized “single-payer” health care to be misguided, inevitably used as a gift to corporatism & an excuse for further regulation of our lives, and the issue of health care in and of itself to be inherently unsolveable. That said, though I obviously do not agree with his proposed solution, I find myself otherwise in agreement with Ezra Klein’s view of this article: yes, expecting that degree of awareness on medical problems from people not in related professions does strike me as nuts.
When I broke my arm a few years ago, I didn’t know until I had an X-ray done, but either way none of the type of analysis that Mike Cannon mentions came up in my head. My thoughts could generally be boiled down to pre-pain drugs (“God fucking DAMN my arm hurts!!!”), during pain drugs (“Yes, please, more!! Pain, no, la-la land yes!!”), and post pain drugs (“yadda yadda, I don’t care just fucking fix it”). Needless to say, I wasn’t a rational customer.