At a recent town hall meeting, a man stood up and told Representative Bob Inglis to â€œkeep your government hands off my Medicare.â€ The congressman, a Republican from South Carolina, tried to explain that Medicare is already a government program â€” but the voter, Mr. Inglis said, â€œwasnâ€™t having any of it.â€
Itâ€™s a funny story â€” but it illustrates the extent to which health reform must climb a wall of misinformation. Itâ€™s not just that many Americans donâ€™t understand what President Obama is proposing; many people donâ€™t understand the way American health care works right now. They donâ€™t understand, in particular, that getting the government involved in health care wouldnâ€™t be a radical step: the government is already deeply involved, even in private insurance.
And that government involvement is the only reason our system works at all.
He goes on to explain what I think of as obvious, but apparently isn’t.Â Check it out.