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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Reality bites, Dr. Krugman

This unscripted moment from an Intelligence Squared debate on universal health care in the US earlier this week left economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman a little deflated:

PAUL KRUGMAN
And private insurance? That’s the thing, I— Actually, can I just —I wanted to ask a question. And—

JOHN DONVAN [MODERATOR]
Please—please do—

PAUL KRUGMAN
—and I wanted to ask, actually two questions, to the audience. First, how many Canadians, would Canadians in the room please raise your hands. [ONE PERSON APPLAUDS, LAUGHTER]

JOHN DONVAN
We have about seven hands going up—

PAUL KRUGMAN
Okay, not as many as I thought. Okay, of those of you who are not on the panel who are Canadians,, how many of you think you have a terrible health care system. [PAUSE] One, two—

JOHN DONVAN
We see—almost all of the same hands going up. [LAUGHTER]

PAUL KRUGMAN
Bad move on my part. [APPLAUSE]

(h/t Radley)

Posted by Kalim Kassam on September 20, 2008 | Permalink

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I wonder if Krugman actually believes what he says about economics, even though the facts clearly are against him? Maybe he is one of those "economists" that the CBC quotes.

Posted by: TM | 2008-09-20 11:07:35 PM



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