I attended the health care town hall meeting this past Monday at the McAllen Convention Center and I intended to write a long entry about it, but the truth is I am tired of trying to infuse reason into this debate (in my limited way here on this blog) and it is not worth my time or effort to do so. Or maybe I am just having a bad day.
In any event, suffice it to say that most of the people who attended the meeting were against reform, incredibly misinformed or misled, and really have no sense of irony about the hypocrisy in their stance. It is absurd that the people who railed against “big government” and complained about budget deficits, are the same people that receive Medicaid or VA benefits (two of the biggest bankrupting entities on our books). Apparently American taxpayers should subsidize these people’s health care, but no one else’s.
I have an idea on how to erase our debt: eradicate entitlement programs entirely (say that fast three times). Of course, I do not really advocate for that position (though reform in those areas is needed, too), but if budget deficits are what these people are genuinely concerned about, then they would agree with that position. But of course, that is not what this “debate” is about. I think most of these people were McCain supporters and remain fearful of an Obama presidency, a fear that is probably instilled and strengthened through the right-wing media. And like the media, they do not hesitate to make nonsensical, false or misleading, and/or contradictory statements to help derail this presidency. And no fact can convince these people of the error(s) in their proclamations.
It is depressing and maybe that is why I do not feel like writing more. What is the point? If you read the Newsweek article I shared earlier you will know that people will search for information to validate their beliefs, no matter how wrong those beliefs are. And beliefs can be wrong. But that is another topic for another time. The point of this rambling post, I guess, is that no matter how beneficial reform might be, even to those who oppose it (middle class families that had a family member suffer a serious accident or illness requiring extended medical care would probably be bankrupted by the experience), or how badly reform is needed to help reduce our national debt, some people, for numerous reasons, will never get on board. What is sad is that some of those reasons have no basis in reality.