I started the Anti–Universal Coverage Club in part to make a point, but also because I was curious to see how many people agreed with its basic premises.
I’m pleased to report that such people do exist. As of today, I count 86 club members. Rather than list them all, I’ll run through just those who might be recognizable to the policy community. Affiliations are provided for identification purposes only and do not imply that any of those organizations agree with us. At all. Unless I list an organization by itself.
Director of Policy Research
Illinois Policy Institute
Laissez Faire Books Blog
Health Care Policy Analyst
John Locke Foundation
Health Care News
Rio Grande Foundation
Director, Health Care Studies
Pacific Research Institute
Republican National Committeeman
Center For Small Government
Cato Institute/Library of Economics & Liberty
Moving Picture Institute
Montana Liberty Project
Director of Government Affairs
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
The Heartland Institute
UCLA School of Medicine
Professor of Economics
Texas A&M University
Consumers for Health Care Choices
Health Care Fellow
Flint Hills Center for Public Policy
Mary Katherine Stout
Texas Public Policy Foundation
The Atlantic Online
The club has received a fair number of favorable mentions from blogs I had heard of (Coyote Blog, MooreWatch.com, SPN Blog, and Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket) and some I had not (Blog of Bile, Chaos From Order, A Chequer-Board Of Nights & Days, Con Law Geek, DeadBeef.com, Health Care BS, I Was The State, and JasonPye.com).
Not everyone had a favorable reaction. Neil Versel’s Healthcare IT Blog described our one recruitment email as “unbelievably shocking.” Ezra Klein of The American Prospect wished us well in recruiting members, I think because he’s happy to have someone else compile his enemies list for him. Matthew Yglesias of The Atlantic Online congratulated me for starting the club but then deftly missed the point when he wrote, “I’m fairly certain that, politically, ‘we don’t care if you can’t afford health insurance’ is a losing slogan.”
Some members (not listed above) asked that I not use their real names because they feared giving offense — or even receiving offense, in the form of professional reprisals. Some think my name is spelled “Canon.” Others think my name is spelled “Tanner.” That’s fine. I’m just happy to have them aboard. I especially love that we have a Curly.
Not bad considering how little effort I’ve put into this.