Several years ago, there was a famous film in which the hero was told, “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” That statement may never have been more insightful than it is today, when we look at the disconnect between people, politicians and programs relative to Obamacare.
Apart from the debate about whether the government belongs between doctor and patient, or the latest confusion during the program’s disastrous rollout, there is one simple truth that didn’t seem so obvious until I heard Marco Rubio point to it during an interview. Now I notice it all the time. “The government has been focusing on coverage, whereas the people are mostly concerned about cost!”
Surveys have repeatedly shown concern over cost heavily outweighs worries about coverage. The key is to strike a balance between what you need and what you can afford, not to focus so completely on one element or the other.
When you hear Republicans and Democrats shrieking at each other, these opposing viewpoints become clear … yet, one side doesn’t seem to hear the other and nobody seems to hear the people! Only a small handful from either faction ever talks about actual health CARE. Silly me, I thought that’s what it was all supposed to be about!