I so don’t have time to write this post that it’s not even funny. I have 10 chapters (~375pp) of page proofs to get through in the next 9 days. But there’s something so irritating going on in the health care debate right now that, page proofs be damned, I have to take a few minutes to get it off my chest.
No, it’s not Palin’s paranoid fantasies about “death panels” telling her she needs to get an abortion. It’s not some Republicans’ (including at least one senator’s) suggestion that they should oppose reform, not because they think it would be bad for Americans, but because they think their opposition could cripple Obama politically. Apalling as these things are, I must sadly admit that I more or less expected them, given the sources.
No, what’s really galling me is a sentence that , in one form or another, I’m hearing bandied about a lot about health care reform right now: “Libearals have to be willing to compromise if they want to save health care reform.” This is usually meant to suggest that liberals may have to give up the public option. You don’t just hear this coming from people on the far right. You hear it as part of the standard mantra of the mainstream press–even the slightly left-leaning press (like NPR).