A friend of mine has an adult child with cancer, a young man just old enough to be beyond the age of coverage under his parents’ health care plan. After nearly killing him, the dreaded Hodgkin lymphoma is in remission. But the insurance industry still can deny him a policy that might save his life.
Not for long. In six months, refusing to let sick people buy affordable health insurance — private-sector death panels, the most odious kind of American exceptionalism — will be illegal from shore to shore.
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Timothy Egan is a columnist for The New York Times.