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Post Fred Korematsu and Reparations
Created by John Eipper on 02/02/17 6:12 AM

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Fred Korematsu and Reparations (David Duggan, USA, 02/02/17 6:12 am)

I suppose I could say that I feel the same way about Fred Korematsu (who incidentally received reparations for his internment) as I feel about Obamacare (which as WAIS 2013 attendees would know, is Paul Pitlick's fave): evil but necessary.

But 1) that would be snarky, and 2) my reparations are coming in the form of Medicare, which has picked up a non-trivial portion (~94%) of my post-65 medical bills (83% when you net out my plan-B "contribution," which is actually deducted from my social security payment). The question to this lawyer is whether there are less ham-handed methods to achieve the same result, and I suspect there are (e.g., putting micro-chips in all non-citizens wanting entry into the US, so that we can monitor their movements and internet usage), but they might result in unintended consequences.

And the question to this generally healthy patient is whether the ~$2,500 in medical bills which I racked up in the last three months for two office visits, two prescription renewals and a battery of lab tests (the majority of that amount) would have been better spent elsewhere. As always people have to choose between the lesser of evils.

JE comments: I don't follow the connection between civil rights dissent and Obamacare. The former is not a necessary evil, but an absolutely necessary part of any functioning democracy--a fourth "check" on government.

Snarky or not, I do like the idea of viewing Social Security and Medicare as reparations, the injustice being, since Adam's day, the expenditure of the sweat of our brows.  As for chipping our immigrants, you said that in jest--right, David?

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