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:: posted by buermann @ 2009-08-19 11:29:46 CST | link


      Now there's a cat for a the pigeons to contemplate. Talk about "skin in the game"! I have suggested, in another venue, that a boycott of the insurance industry would incentivize people against all those frivolous cancers and heart attacks they currently contract.

    posted by al_schumann @ 2009-08-20 19:37:59 | link

      My thought was if all these non-chronically ill under-40 hipsters canceled their monthly contributions to UHG and WellPoints' profit margins, at, as the insurance companies know, a very small risk to themselves, maybe somebody could take them seriously. At least it might make it less affordable to buy our government every election cycle. And think of the job creation!

    posted by buermann @ 2009-08-21 00:14:53 | link

      The funny thing, it occurs to me, is such a strike would look pretty much like the results of Mackey's proposal. I haven't come up with any good reasons yet why this isn't already happening.

    posted by buermann @ 2009-08-21 00:43:52 | link

      It is, really, a very good idea, any outcome similarity to Mackey's plan notwithstanding (personally, I think the dude is accidentally funny and not thoroughly horrible, unlike health insurance CEOs, who smirk when they calculate layered deductibles). I suspect the unpopularity of the plan has to do with fear. The only thing the hipsters have is a membership in desirable consumer demographics, and the basis of that membership is their youth and good health. Lose one, and they got nothing. There's no job security, for most of them, and those whose jobs lie in managing their cohort's perceptions are not going to introduce anything that would get them in the habit of rebellion.

    posted by al_schumann @ 2009-08-21 04:32:37 | link

    go ahead, express that vague notion

    your turing test:

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