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Yascha Mounk
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Yascha Mounk 4h
Never thought I'd identify so strongly with a counsel for the House Republicans...
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Yascha Mounk Dec 8
Replying to @Yascha_Mounk
In much more light-hearted news, Amtrak has switched from Pepsi to CocaCola! Oh, happy days...
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Yascha Mounk Dec 8
Crying like a baby? On the Amtrak? Me? Never...
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Yascha Mounk Dec 3
Replying to @AOAConnect
So until someone shows me compelling evidence that the burden imposed on disadvantaged people by the cost of a compulsory medical exam is justified by the benefits, I stick to my position. Abolish mandatory eye exams! Please spread the word... [End.]
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Yascha Mounk Dec 3
Replying to @AOAConnect
This says a lot about the insiders who profit from the “license raj” that holds sway in big parts of the U.S. economy. Like the privileged classes of yore, they don’t feel the need to justify themselves; instead, they just denounce anyone who challenges them.
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Yascha Mounk Dec 3
Replying to @AOAConnect
The American Optometric Association could have bothered to engage those questions when I first asked them for comment; it didn’t. It could take these questions seriously now; instead, it denounces anyone who asks them.
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Yascha Mounk Dec 3
Replying to @AOAConnect
When deciding how to feel about trade-offs, facts matter. Is there evidence that Americans die from relevant diseases at significantly lower rates than, say, Germans? If so, how do those benefits compare to the cost of stopping some Americans from having adequate vision care?
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Yascha Mounk Dec 3
Replying to @AOAConnect
So let me publicly repeat the questions I did send the AOA without ever receiving an answer. Perhaps will bother to send a response to them now?
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Yascha Mounk Dec 3
Replying to @Yascha_Mounk
The letter also contained some outright falsehoods. In this passage alone, it implies that most countries require eye exams (false) and says that the AOA provided me with a host of information I requested (definitely false).
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Yascha Mounk Dec 3
Replying to @Yascha_Mounk
This may seem like "nutpicking." But the official letter from the President of the American Optometric Association was remarkably ad hominem as well.
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Yascha Mounk Dec 3
Replying to @Yascha_Mounk
What’s remarkable is that virtually none of the dozens of emails, Facebook messages and Instagram DMs I’ve received from optometrists bother to address this question. Instead, foul-mouthed abuse was far more common.
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Yascha Mounk Dec 3
Replying to @Yascha_Mounk
So the question, as I pointed out in the original article, is one of *comparative* benefits. Eye exams are useful. But is it proportionate to ban Americans from buying glasses or contacts unless they get an exam, thus making it more difficult for them to access vision care?
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Yascha Mounk Dec 3
Replying to @Yascha_Mounk
…there are plenty of medical exams that are not mandatory even though they often help to uncover dangerous diseases. Do you need to see a dermatologist to buy a simple skin cream? No. Do you need to get a prostate exam to buy drugs against incontinence? No.
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Yascha Mounk Dec 3
Replying to @Yascha_Mounk
To avoid all misunderstandings, let me be crystal-clear: Eye exams are a good way to check for a range of dangerous diseases, from progressive blindness to brain tumors. If you have the time and money to visit an optometrist, go make an appointment today! But…
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Yascha Mounk Dec 3
Replying to @Yascha_Mounk
Virtually all of the responses I got consisted of one simple argument: eye exams often uncover dangerous diseases. This is an important point. Indeed, I make it myself in the piece.
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Yascha Mounk Dec 3
Last week, I argued that Americans should—like people in nearly all other countries—be able to buy a pair of glasses or contacts without a costly doctor’s prescription. It caused quite a stir. Especially among optometrists. Here’s my reply. [Thread.]
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ZEIT ONLINE Dec 2
Die hat eine historische Zäsur verschlafen. Sie muss künftig das Bildungsbürgertum den Grünen überlassen und gegen die AfD um ihre alte proletarische Basis kämpfen, schreibt :
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Adam Minter Dec 1
Something I've often wondered, too --- why must Americans pay for a medical exam and prescription in order to purchase glasses? It's not like that, well, pretty much anywhere else. terrific piece from for the
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Yascha Mounk Nov 27
Replying to @TheAtlantic
The mail I'm getting from people on both sides of this issue is INTENSE.
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Nick Baumann Nov 27
The amount of rent-seeking in the American health care system is too damn high:
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