Yesterday’s (quoted) message was on framing, demonstrating how the right has taken control of our cognitive processes by superimposing the moral worldview of individual responsibility, while bypassing logic. As proof, much of the bashing of single payer advocates is coming from the left. Even though liberals understand fully the logic of single payer, they are absorbed in the process of making the Affordable Care Act work. We’ve shown that it cannot ever accomplish the goals of universal coverage and affordability, yet they insist that this right-wing consumer/market approach will get us there through incremental steps, though incrementalism hasn’t achieved our ultimate goals in over a half century of trying.
Today I received an email message that went out to another list, sent by one of the most intelligent, dedicated, progressive individuals in the health care reform movement. The title of the message was, “Don McCanne is wrong Re: [hc4ac] US Last In Mortality Amenable to Health Care.” She wrote, “The vote on the ACA has occurred; opposing it on a daily basis does not get us closer to universal coverage or price controls or to single payer; nor does intoning single payer on a daily basis.”
So abandoning single payer and tweaking a model designed by the conservative Heritage Foundation will get us there? We certainly screwed up the framing on this one!
I find it refreshing to find political activists, particularly those who are interested in making life better for people in demonstrably proven ways (i.e. most left of center) admit mistakes. The sooner that tactics and programs are recognized to be deficient, the sooner better programs and tactics can be devised to win