My friend, Professor Keith Burgess-Jackson, posts today about a remarkable letter to the editor at the New York Times.
Regardless of their respective strengths and weaknesses, all of the bills for health care reform are too complex to explain, grasp and support. And Republicans have made it abundantly clear that they will oppose any truly meaningful change.
Yet these very obstacles present the president with the opportunity to do what is sensible and right: to put his conviction, passion and clout behind a single-payer system.
Will people be afraid of so radical a change? The majority probably will; people tend to fear the unknown.
But “the shock of the new” is as old as innovation itself. Eventually, people adapt to change and ultimately embrace it.
People cannot comprehend our health care bills? So our president and Congress should force it through, irrespective of what people think of it? Wow.
As far as I am concerned, if bills being proposed are truly incomprehensible, then that is the fault of our legislators. Write them so people can understand what's in them. Having representatives and senators actually read the darned things might not hurt, either.
And "Republicans will oppose any truly meaningful change"? How can the Times in good conscience publish such a letter? This is patently false. Many Republicans have agreed wholeheartedly that significant change is necessary. But they disagree about the content of that change. They prefer private, market based change with tort reform.
Perhaps someone can explain to me why so many liberals I know have such a lowly view of Americans in general. Apparently they are too stupid to understand our bills and unable to read about campaign contributions to politicians and weigh whether they are rational or not (the reason we must not allow large campaign contributions). They cannot save for their own retirement, they cannot be held responsible about what foods they put into their body and much, much more.
Do I think that we will all make wise decisions about everything in our lives if left to our own devices? Absolutely not. Still, many of us will do fine - and, more importantly, if decisions - and their consequences - become the responsibility of individuals, many will make superior choices. If we know we are not going to be "saved" - we will have to do more of it.
Why do some Democrats (like this one) resort to lies about their opponents, stating that Republicans do not want change? Why do they have so little regard for choices we make on our own? I must admit, I do not understand it at all.