Well, it has been an interesting week for me. On Monday evening, I began receiving a steady stream of comments on my recent post (kind of a new experience). I checked my blog stats to discover that my hits had spiked tremendously – driven primarily from Keith Olbermann’s mention of my post in his blog. On Wednesday, I found out that my post was not only mentioned on his blog. It was also shown on the “Special Comment” section of his show (9:47 into the 14:34 video clip) – Olbermann: ‘Death Panel’ Palin dangerously irresponsible (transcript).
It has been an extremely eye-opening experience, and I have been amazed at the comments I have received over the last few days. I have approved most of them – since I am genuinely interested in encouraging a meaningful dialogue. However, there were some that were very personal, threatening and too vulgar to post. This is ironic given the gist of Mr. Olbermann’s entire Special Comment was that:
Sarah Palin. . .by peddling frightening lies to her mob of ill-informed followers, puts the safety and security of the nation at risk.
I am not accusing anyone of “peddling frightening lies” as I did paste the Liberty Council’s line by line analysis (just as I have posted from CNN, ABC, etc). But, I also cited the source of the information and even commented that “like all parties to this discussion, they (Liberty Council) have their point of view.”
I consider myself to be pretty open-minded when it comes to the heath care debate. I see the inefficiencies of the current system first hand every day and understand that meaningful change is necessary. One of my main goals of this post was to encourage average people to try to read the Resolution and make sense of it for themselves. I have read it in full and find it extremely difficult to comprehend – even as someone with 17 years experience in the industry. In over 1,000 pages of text riddled with cross-references, there are very few details about what the “qualified plans” will cover and what they will cost. These are very big details with very big implications.
There are detailed plans for the structure and governance of the bureaucracies that will make these decisions. But, that isn’t exactly comforting given the level of efficiency we have come to expect with governmental entities in general. I would love to see a more straightforward and easily understood solution – like my Benefits Fix. Solutions stated in Plain Language would seem to be the best way to get truly broad public support without creating unnecessary and expensive bureaucracies sheltered from market competition.