Brian Beutler is going to be fine

By Megan McArdle

They removed his spleen, and he's expected to make a full recovery. However, he's going to be left with some major medical bills, as Spencer Ackerman notes. There are multiple relief funds set up, but the more the merrier; if you want to help Brian out, you can PayPal me the money at mmmcardl@gsb.uchicago.edu, or you can send a check to me via the Atlantic, 600 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC 20037. Try to write a note on any PayPal transfers about what it's for, but I don't get that many, so I'll know anyway. Brian's pretty awesome in person, but he's also a hell of a journalist, and he's done a lot of great work on issues like FISA. It's horrific enough being shot; doubly so that it should be financially ruinous. I strongly urge any readers who are familiar with him or his work to contribute.

Update I thought this went without saying, but apparently not: divisive political issues. Not going to be debated. On my blog. In reference to the shooting. You are severely testing both my patience and the limits of my good manners. Liberals who want to make the point that health care is expensive can consider it made. Conservatives who want to make the point that national health care shouldn't be necessary can do so by sending Brian money to help cover his medical bills. End of discussion.

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