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Two French Lessons


A couple of things you can learn if you’re in France:

First, the meaning of “universal.” It doesn’t mean what you think if you’re a poor person in France, where “universal” health care is arguably better than elsewhere in the EU. It means about 75 percent. Le Parisien reports this morning that, as in the U.S., the more money you have the better care you get. Shocking. The paper backed up a recent study with a small-scale sting of their own and discovered that if you rely on France’s medical insurance alone, 25 percent of French doctors will refuse to treat you. That’s how you say ObamaCare in French.

The other thing you can learn has to do with great books. If you’re going to be in France later this month — or if you’re planning on what to do once you get off that NR boat — consider stopping by Chavagnes International College to join me in welcoming the extremely affable Prof. Anthony O’Hear to a Great Books conversation. Prof. O’Hear teaches at Buckingham; he also moonlights as director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, editor of the journal Philosophy, and the author, most recently, of The Great Books: A Journey through 2,500 Years of the West’s Classic Literature, so at least one of us will be up to speed. The College is in the Vendee, only an hour from those Loire valley grape ranches, and the cost of the nine-day seminar, which starts on the 26th, works out to be about half what it would cost to go to Detroit and check into a downtown hotel. So two bargains in one.