Saturday, February 12, 2011

More Health Care...Plus Political Tactics

This is an article about health care reform from the blog Balloon Juice, and how the Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare).  This goes along with my post of Wed on health care.

Coming at the end is a priceless quote about tactics. This is the Republican message:

American health care is the best in the world and doesn't need fixing. If it does need fixing, it just needs the power of the free market. If it needs something beyond the power of the free market, it needs something other than what Democrats are proposing. And if what Democrats are proposing gets passed, then it's unconstitutional.

There is no issue you can't do this with.

I'm speechless at how perfectly the writer nails it right on the head.  This tactic works, and we've all seen it in operation.  And during the "debate," it all sounds so reasonable, so practical, so sensible, that we almost lose sight of the original basis for the discussion.  Namely, that tens of millions of Americans are without health care (some 47 million, according to the U.S. Census, and that was in 2006).

We can do better than this.

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