Regarding "A Bad Argument for a Good Idea," the "As I See It" piece published June 20: Paul deLespinasse did not provide any evidence for his many proclamations.
He wrote that Warren Buffett's "advice is based upon the widely believed misconception that health insurance for corporate workers is mostly paid for by their employers." But the professor has no evidence that Buffett, the "Oracle of Omaha," gratuitously gives advice based on misconceptions. And the professor has no evidence that his "misconception" is "widely believed."
After hypothetically describing how a corporation would have "a $10,000 ... reduction in the compensation for that worker" by not providing health insurance, the professor then contradicted himself, saying: "[the $10,000 reduction]. . .would not materially change how much the corporation has to pay." In his hypothetical that $10,000 represented 10 percent of the employer's payroll, certainly a material "change."
The issue of competitiveness in the labor market has an easy remedy: give the worker back a substantial part of the $10,000 as a pay raise, which would more than cover any tax increase accompanying a single-payer plan. This the professor did not bother to suggest.
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He did complain about: "people's incorrect perception ... incorrect perception ... most Americans don't realize ... widespread misunderstanding ... vested interests ... would have an easy time convincing voters ... politicians will never enact single payer." All supported by zero evidence.
With no problems solved, it appears the professor is simply alleging his cognitive superiority over and above Warren Buffett, corporate workers, and all the rest of us.
Corvallis (June 22)