Friday, November 6, 2009

Zero Sum

I am disheartened and confused as to why people assume that economics and health-care are intrinsically zero-sum games. The world population has long been growing. If economics and health-care are zero-sum games, then each generation will by definition have less money per person and less health-care per person. Since a zero-sum situation is clearly disadvantageous to the world in general and most people in particular, let's stop acting like zero-sum financial and health-care economics is the best or only model! With more people, we need more money and more health-care to spread around. Let's figure a new model out, one that doesn't involve cutting a cake into infinitely small pieces.