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Rodricks is spot on about 'spot on'

Health InsuranceNational GovernmentAntonin Scalia

Thanks to Dan Rodricks for shining the spotlight on that annoying expression, "spot on" ("Razing the JFX, lowering O's expectations," April 2). It is a British way of thinking that something can be perfectly correct, while in America we know that nothing is perfect. The ultimate irony is that the "spot on" users are referring to Supreme Court arguments where neither side is perfect and a decision will probably be split 5-4.

The broccoli analogy was a specious statement by Justice Antonin Scalia to oversimplify the argument and appeal to the anti-government movement. The larger question, it seems, is at what point does it become in the national interest for the federal government to require participation in an activity? While many of us will never eat broccoli, all of us will use health care. The cost of broccoli is not affected by those who do not eat it while the cost of health care (not necessarily health insurance) is drastically affected by those who do not have access to regular care. Reducing such an important issue to an analogy with broccoli does not advance the discussion.

Jim Wheeler, Towson

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