The Devil Is In The Lack Of Details

by Chris Bodenner

Conor Friedersdorf explains why his grandmother and other conservatives are afraid by Obama's healthcare plan:

Theirs is ultimately a fear of rapid, sweeping policy shifts, especially those brought about by lengthy, amorphous legislative proposals that leave unclear exactly what might change the month after next. [...] Is Social Security facing long-term insolvency problems? Is our immigration system broken? President George W. Bush responded to those widespread beliefs by advocating sweeping, “comprehensive” reforms that failed largely because they freaked out too many Americans. Even worse, the policy problems he failed to address still exist, but are unlikely to be readdressed for some timeamong the many downsides to comprehensive reform is that its failure renders every facet of an issue politically radioactive.