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Kevin Drum: Conservatives Shocked to Discover Healthcare in America is Really Expensive.

The inevitable result of the instinct to task individuals with finding solutions to systemic problems (i.e. bootstraps) is ignorance about how systems work. Systems of oppression, governmental systems, the healthcare system...

It's often surprising to progressives how truly mystified so many conservatives seem about How Things Work, but it's a carefully cultivated and fastidiously maintained ignorance that abets the notion they achieve success exclusively on their own merits, and others fail exclusively on their own shortcomings.

And it's why conservatives who struggle blame totally the wrong entities for their struggles. People who don't understand systems look for scapegoats.

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