Sometimes facts can be really illuminating. I'm watching the grassroots campaign against health care reform, and the truly manic debate about whether or not it is authentic (see: Marc Ambinder's blog).I think Marc is right, and it's worth remembering that the fight to reform health care is about two things:
The first is expanding coverage. The second is controlling costs. And voters have a legitimate concern about the tension between those ideas because the overwhelming majority of voters already have health care. So what many of them see, what they focus on, is a $1 trillion effort to reform a system they are already satisfied with. It doesn't take an Astroturf conspiracy theorist to understand why that might cause public anxiety. Here's Ezra Klein:
White House officials have frequently noted to me that 95 percent of the people who voted for Barack Obama had health-care insurance. 95 percent. That number was presumably higher for John McCain. The electorate, in other words, looks like America after health-care reform passes, not before.
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