June 22, 2006 10:39AM

“Cursive Is Illegal”

Evergreen State elementary school teachers, take note: Olympia is moving against some of your more affluent failures.

Everyone knows that doctors’ horrible handwriting causes problems for patients and pharmacists. As of this month, it is illegal for doctors in Washington state to write prescriptions in cursive. (Will italics be next??)

The sad thing is that health care markets have become so calcified that this really, really dumb law might actually enhance efficiency. I just hope we won’t have to wait long before some medicine‐​socializer argues that this proves that government planning is superior to free‐​market health care. (Any takers?)