Monday, August 17, 2009

Narrative & Health Care

Today's lunch break article is a three page examination of how our culture responds to emotion over logic and reason. While they could have applied this matrix to almost any issue (the Iraq War, Disaster Recovery, the Stimulus), they applied it to the most emotional issue facing us right now: health care. Read the whole thing at Newsweek.

Anyone who believed that the battle over health-care reform would be waged on facts, logic, reason, and concern for the less fortunate—46 million uninsured—probably also scoffed at Lyndon Johnson's daisy ad.

It never ceases to amaze me that Democrats fail to anticipate this sort of visceral reaction in some of their opponents. It happens every time they're in office.

Do you know why left wing emotional outbursts are always minimized in effect and made into the punchlines of jokes? Because the GOP knows exactly who will come after their plans and what they will say, and they usually have a response set up before they work on any policy. Dems are always caught by surprise by the right wing, which is like getting caught by surprise that the sun will rise in the East.

Luckily, there are still plenty of Americans who get turned off by screaming, emotional fever pitch, hyperbole and being made fools out of. For everyone who feels vindicated by a grown adult's face flushed with rage bellowing at another human being, there are two or three who left their temper tantrums back in grade school. For every nagging soccer mom who prattles on about fake "death panels," there are two or three staying up nights to figure out how the family will pay for the baby's last visit to the specialist or what to do now that grandma's getting worse.

Reform will still happen. It should still happen. We get there with a little bit of pointing out the obvious and lot of sharing the crushing burden of reality.

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6 comments:

patsbrother said...

Your hubris is astounding.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Yes, what arrogance on my part to believe that rationality and reality will win out over tantrums, paranoia and fantasy when it comes to a policy question.

patsbrother said...

Re-read the title of your blog post, then re-read your post itself, and then you tell me which "Narrative" is involved.

I don't think it's the one you thought was there.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

The narrative is the story each side uses to make its point.

The right wing has decided to make this about death panels, forced abortions, Nazism, socialism and tyrrany. I watched an AD the other day that said the Congress is looking to deny "the Greatest Generation the care they've earned and future generations the lives they've yet to live."

The "narrative" is that people like me aren't trying to talk about a better health care system and a better way to pay for it, but that people like me are trying to kill old people and babies.

How very arrogant of me to point that out in the first place, and attempt to discredit that narrative in the second place.

How dare I?

DADvocate said...

46 million uninsured

If they wanted to be taken seriously, they could start with something closer to the real number of people who are legal residents of the U.S. that want health insurance and can't get it.

This is not about health care but about power. The left wants to make the federal government an ever powerful center of power over people. Then they can use the force of the "law" to make people behave as they see fit in every way possible.

If it was about health care, they could easily find any number of potential solutions that don't involve government controlling our choices in health care service.

As for "grown adult's face flushed with rage bellowing ", lets not forget the Democrats during the Bush years. Gore, Reid, Murtha for beginners.

While I don't approve of the tactics, I have no sympathy for the Dems. They are, again, proving themselves to be the Cry Baby Party.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

As for "grown adult's face flushed with rage bellowing ", lets not forget the Democrats during the Bush years. Gore, Reid, Murtha for beginners.

I'm fairly confident that I have the credibility to call out bad behavior on either side, at this point. I did expend fairly significant bandwidth to calling out bad behavior on my own side since I started blogging in 2004.

As for the 46 million number, keep in mind that the city of New Orleans is mostly below sea level as well.

Lastly, for many folks, it is all about health care. I've never hidden the fact that the current plan is far from what I wanted to see, and that my disappointment grows daily.

I refuse to concede the argument, however, to individuals who legitimately think the current system is fine as is or would be OK with minor tweaks. It is a point of disagreement, and luckily we can remain civil about our differences.

That being said, I absolutely refuse to back down to anyone's narrative that insinuates that I am somehow personally behind policy that kills babies and grandmothers. And I will continue to discredit that type of counterproductive and divisive narrative.