I am very disturbed by the lack of quality information regarding the deficits of the current health care system and the implications of the legislation Congress is considering. The organizing match between corporate funded opponents of health care reform and traditional advocates of the uninsured and underinsured would be less painful if the quality of the debate weren't so low. I keep thinking, where is the light?
The media is covering the horse race as ususual with few exceptions, shirking their responsibility to provide quality information. If I ran a news organization I would run a week long documentary on health care in America to help people understand. I read the three bills sitting in Congress and I am still confused as I don't have enough information to know what their impact will be and how we are going to pay for the changes we need. PBS' Frontline did a short piece last year and I learned a lot from it...more please.
Another thing that needs to be said....and I hate to say it, is that so called Astroturf groups ginned up by money from the ultra conservative Koch Foundation and other corporate interests have, in my view, succeeded in transitioning from cheesy transparent Astroturf to spawning a true blue, poorly informed, paranoid, misguided grassroots foment. While they might be using corporate money to pull this off they have legitimately tapped into real fears of some on the right about socialism, taxes, and anti-Obama anxiety that does in fact exist out there. And from this organizers view, they have done an impressive if professionally irresponsible job. Dag.
My guess is that President Obama and others on his side of the issue will catch up quickly as this debate moves into the fall, more details about the legislation become clear and organizers and activists on the reform side adjust their strategies and tactics. But round one goes to the corporate organizers, who have effectively played on people's fears and ignorance to aid them in guarding their bottom lines. I also think the corporate folks will over play their hand and that most Americans will look upon their current tactics as uncivil. And given all the random reasons that have little to do with the health debate that the protesters are putting forward (abortion, immigration, fear of communism) they will undoubtedly lose credibility with the thoughtful public.