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“Not Now”: Diluting the Value of Money and Medical Care

TexasChris Wrote: Jul 09, 2012 9:35 AM
"Healthcare" isn't the same as "health insurance".

As the small child continues to beg for this and that at the supermarket, the parent’s repeated “No’s” tend to bring out pouting and temper tantrums. Spankings—if you dare— don’t seem to make much difference. Eventually, the parent gets an idea. Instead of “No,” she says, “Not now.”

While this doesn’t solve the child’s disciplinary issues, introducing the variable of time (not now) softens the answer in a way that introduces hope, although probably a false hope. The time variable has muddied things for the child, buying some time for the frustrated parent.

Introducing the element of time as a variable...