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Every single time I write about health insurance, commenters and emailers flock to tell me that I wouldn't feel this way if I, or anyone I know, had been sick and uninsured.

I'm afraid the empirical evidence indicates that you're wrong. I was uninsured, with asthma and an autoimmune disease, for years as a freelancer. I was then, if anything, more opposed to national health insurance than I am now. If I were blocked from knowing, through a Rawlsian veil of ignorance, whether or not I would be uninsured for the rest of my life, I would still be opposed to nationalizing health care. 95% of the time when this accusation is made, I know a lot more about being sick and uninsured than my accuser. Don't criticize until you've walked a mile in my Medicaid mill . . .

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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