Accentuate the positive

At AmSpec Blog, JP Freire makes a good point about the Republican framing of the health care debate:

Rep. Camp recited a good number of the talking points I've heard among the right regarding healthcare. The problem is that the debate is about a feel-good issue (the health of a family), and Republicans tend to highlight the negatives of the other side rather than emphasize positive points. Healthcare beat reporters want to hear the story of how you're going to help that little baby with medical needs, or the old lady who's putting aside surgery because she has to pay her electric bill.

Unfortunately, Rep. Camp stuck with the point that the "45 million Americans who are uninsured" is really an overblown statistic. It's worth mentioning, to be sure, but numbers won't change this debate (otherwise, no one would be talking about socialized medicine anyway).