Liveblogging XIV

McCain: Government government government. Obama will fine people for not having health insurance. And of course you ought to be able to go across state lines. Tax only Cadillac plans, financing hair transplants.

Another stupid question from Brokaw: is health care a right, a privilege, or a responsibility? McCain ducks. Obama says it’s a right. Mandate on parents to buy health insurance for their kids? Why not? It’s cheap, and we can’t have kids going to emergency rooms for asthma. Insurance companies cheat their customers, and they’ll go to the least-regulated state to help them do so.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: