Diversity To Blame For Health Care Woes? A Theory

Thomas Edsall has a theory of why health care is struggle, and why the Democrats have lost their supermajority in the Senate: the nation's growing racial diversity has put everyone, especially working-class whites, into a state of anxiety and mistrust, causing people to withdraw from the world around them in fear and, most significantly, to be less inclined to projects of altruism and general social welfare. That's why Scott Brown won in Massachusetts, why health care is struggling, and why the Tea Party movement seems to be pressing ahead succesfully, Edsall says.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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