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Cranky Uncles, for Better or Worse, Will Lurk in More Exam Rooms
New York Times

Money has always played a role in health care, even back in the good old days when Hippocrates charged a drachma or two for a second opinion. Back then it was the coin of the realm that healed the sick, and now, thanks to the upheld individual insurance mandate, it is going to be a little plastic card for all. So nothing has really changed, right?


Health insurance is more than a cash equivalent. It is cash with strings attached, like a rich uncle with deep pockets but a volatile personality, munificent one minute and stingy the next.