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Howard Markel, a professor of medical history and pediatrics at the University of Michigan, is author of the forthcoming book "The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek" (Pantheon Books). The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)"The test of a first-rate intelligence," F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, "is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." Maybe so. But that doesn't explain how so many Americans adore their Medicare but still express bitter hatred for government intervention in health care.