Paul Krugman's Bad Medicare Math

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 6, 2010

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One of the reasons why I am such a fan of Tom Maguire’s blogging is that whatever his partisan inclinations–and we all have partisan inclinations of one sort or another–he never lets partisanship get in the way of his search and reverence for actual facts. What the “reality-based community” claims to be, Maguire actually is.

Unfortunately, when it comes to things like health care reform savings, Paul Krugman doesn’t follow Maguire’s example of adhering strictly to the facts. Fortunately, Maguire calls Krugman on his error. Forcefully.

I realize that Krugman’s arguments are in position to get more press than will Maguire’s, as a consequence of Krugman’s perch at the New York Times. But given that Krugman has often been found to make dishonest arguments that are designed solely to advance his own particular ideology, his latest on Medicare numbers is less a reason to celebrate health care reform, and more a reason to call the New York Times Ombudsman to weigh in, and inform Krugman that the newspaper will not tolerate his misrepresentations anymore.

We will see, eventually, whether the Times has the moral integrity to take such a step. In the meantime, what I know for sure is that Tom Maguire is more deserving of Paul Krugman’s Times perch than is Paul Krugman.

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