No, no; of course, I don’t mean that Paul Krugman has expressly disputed something I wrote here on AB. Or that he has ever read a post of mine. Or that he knows that I exist. Those latter two things have happened, but only in my dreams. The first of those has never happened at all.
Well, not directly, anyway.
But on Feb. 6, I posted a piece here that I titled “Republicans and Dana Milbank Solve the Unemployment Problem in Germany, Canada, Taiwan and Australia: Those countries just need to repeal their universal-healthcare laws and tie healthcare insurance to full-time employment at large corporations!” The gist of which was that the claim that it is a bad thing economically for the country that Obamacare ends (to some extent) the U.S.’s overwhelmingly prevalent access-to-healthcare-insurance job-lock, as a practical matter requiring that one member of a family hold a full-time job at a company that provides access to healthcare insurance for full-time employees and their immediate dependent family members, conflicts with the experiences of every single other advanced economy in the world. None of which predicates access to healthcare insurance upon a family member’s full-time employment at a company that provides access to healthcare insurance for its full-time employees. Some of which (I believe) are healthier economies than ours.
And today, Krugman, in a blog post titled “Why Do You Care How Much Other People Work?”, answers that question thusly: