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Note to Krugman: If It Doesn’t Fit…

By on 9.18.08 | 6:23PM

This just made my day.

Radley Balko notes this exchange from an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate that took place this week:

PAUL KRUGMAN
And private insurance? That's the thing, I -- Actually, can I just -- I wanted to ask a question. And --

JOHN DONVAN [MODERATOR]
Please--please do--

PAUL KRUGMAN
--and I wanted to ask, actually two questions, to the audience. First, how many Canadians, would Canadians in the room please raise your hands. [ONE PERSON APPLAUDS, LAUGHTER]

JOHN DONVAN
We have about seven hands going up--

PAUL KRUGMAN
Okay, not as many as I thought. Okay, of those of you who are not on the panel who are Canadians,, how many of you think you have a terrible health care system. [PAUSE] One, two--

JOHN DONVAN
We see -- almost all of the same hands going up. [LAUGHTER]

PAUL KRUGMAN
Bad move on my part. [APPLAUSE]

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