I am not remotely an expert on healthcare. Truth be told, I’ve also not followed the news on Obama’s health care plan the last few days because I’m tired of the noise. However, I feel this should be said:
If someone criticizes an aspect of (or the entirety of) the proposed health care plan, it does not necessarily follow that said person hates humanity, does not believe people should have health care coverage, isn’t following Jesus, and/or is a racist, unthinking moron. Maybe they hold to many of the same values as the people in favor of the healthcare plan and simply differ on the best way to reach it.
I should also add that calling those in favor of the health plan radical socialists, bleeding-heart liberals and/or encouraging them to move to Canada is not particularly helpful, either.
If we think about the long-term effects of such a plan, it’s in everyone’s best interest to debate this issue with every bit of passion we have, and with every opinion, thought and idea on the table. It would also be incredibly helpful if we could remember our manners. Conviction and tact are not incompatible.