Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Defining Moment

TPM reader AB gets right to the point:

[I]f this country cannot pass a bill which insures that every citizen has access to medical care, which every developed country has managed to do (and got done many many years ago), there is something very fundamentally and structurally wrong with this country.


This is a defining moment in our history. Do we fulfill our supposed status as a “shining city on a hill” or continue our long slow decline into a second rate oligarchy?

It all depends on what you want. Do you want to have a debate about how to come up with a plan that would fix a system that is currently run by for-profit insurance companies and health-care providers whose obligation is more to their stockholders than it is to the public and leaves 50 million people without insurance? Or do you want to talk about how one party is trying to defeat a bill solely because it would be to their political advantage in the next election cycle?

No one — not the president, not the conservative Democrats, not the lobbyists for the insurance companies, and certainly not the GOP — has the one answer on how to reform health care. But the Republicans aren’t even trying; all they can come up with are talking points.

You may or may not like the Democrats’ plan for health care reform, but at least let’s have a discussion about that, not who’s going to win the 2010 mid-terms. That is the defining moment.