Yes, social identity can affect ability to understand

as this example, sent to us by Bakka, beautifully shows:

The Senate was discussing requiring insurance companies to require pregnancy care. John Kyl (R, naturally) responded:

“I don’t need maternity care,” Kyl replied. “So requiring that on my insurance policy is something that I don’t need and will make the policy more expensive.”

Or maybe he understood perfectly, and it was just garden-variety selfishness.

2 thoughts on “Yes, social identity can affect ability to understand

  1. wow. then again, conservatives in america are resistant to public healthcare *i think* because they think something like ‘i have health insurance; i don’t need public health care; so, i don’t want to pay for it with my tax dollars’. (the ones who do get it. the ones who don’t get it, of course, think obama is going to exterminate their granny. and clearly, granny-extermination is a legitimate reason to resist!)–seems like a related thought.

  2. I still get really confused by the way insurance companies are the vehicle for universal health care. The kind of selfishness quoted here (any kind of selfishness) makes perfect sense in an ‘insurance company’ (not universal health care) model of how health care works. It’s (supposed to be) people privately putting money together in a mutually beneficial way, and it makes sense to be selfish about that.

    Turning that into the means by which we mandate everyone gets care, though? I really don’t understand. Single-payer makes so much more sense.

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