Reporter's Note: The president’s health care reform plan is under review by the Supreme Court.
Dear Mr. President,
This was a tough day in the Supreme Court for your health care reform plan, I must say. Some of the justices went after it like yard dogs on a pork chop. Of course, we can never be sure what the black robe gang will do in their fortress of solitude, but it does not look particularly good for your side.
I’m not terribly surprised. Passing this reform package was not easy for your team, and even at the time I seem to recall legislative analysts suggesting that the way it was cobbled together practically begged for a court challenge. Now you have one.
In terms of the public reaction to this whole affair, I tend to agree with folks who say this is not really about health care, but rather about a bigger issue: How we see our government. When I talk to people on all sides of this debate, they speak with such passion that you can’t even start to think it is just about Band-Aids and aspirin.
Some people insist that a government which can’t provide basic health care to its citizens (or at least a means of obtaining it) is clearly, woefully falling short; a failed state of sorts. Others say, with just as much certainty, that a government which would order its citizens when and where and how to spend hard earned money (with private companies no less) is little better than tyranny. And that, I fear, is really the crux of it.
An awful lot of our 50-50 elections, our poisonous rhetoric, and bitter feelings in political circles seem to swirl around this basic sense of how much government ought…or ought not…be involved in our lives. It is, for debaters on all sides, so tied to their basic understanding of the country’s identity, that they can not bring themselves to back down for fear of losing their sense of who we are, what unites us, and where we are headed. That’s why I suspect, no mater which way the ruling goes, the outcry afterward will be something to behold.
Anyway, just thought I’d mention it. Hope all is well.
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