...[T]wo-thirds of the country already has health insurance through their employer and another big chunk are on Medicare. If these aren't going to be touched, then why should they care about healthcare reform? In particular why should they be willing to pay higher taxes for something that won't help them out in any way?... [T]he selling point of national healthcare is freedom from the endlessly gnawing problems of our current jury rigged system. For example: HMOs that make it hard to see a specialist. High and rising copayments. Fear of losing coverage if you lose your job. Long waits for non-urgent care. New (and usually worse) healthcare coverage every time your HR department is told to find a cheaper plan.Let us now turn to our Sorkin, Chapter 4, Verse 12:
The specifics are always different, but the basic shape remains the same. If the powerful want to make an gesture that helps the poor, or those in other countries, or struggling minorities, or whatever, they need to make damn sure voters realise the exact reason there's something in it for them as well. I'm not particularly happy about that, but there you go. We've heard some things already about those people who think they're insured only to find the rug pulled from under their feet at the worst possible time , but it feels like the White House is spending too much time reassuring people they can still have their BS bastard-run money-pit pseudo insurances if that's what they want, whilst insisting the new health care proposals are for the benefit of the nebulous "other".
Of course, they might just not want to pick a fight with the insurance companies, but that fight has already begun, and it has to happen some time, and if it really is that the Democrats can't even be bothered to suit up, they may as well just give up on making a difference, ever.
Update: Publius briefly explains (amongst other things) why constantly reassuring people they can keep the potential stinking pile of shit they have is important; it's how the Republicans beat Clinton on the issue. It's a fair point, though it doesn't change my belief that there are serious message-balancing issues to be addressed.
 In a civilised society one would hope that there would never be a line of business with a vested interest in letting people sicken and die. The fact that the US not only has one, but it's actually the business designed to keep people healthy and alive, never ceases to make me mad.