Friday, August 07, 2009

When progress backfires

I have to say that I felt a pang of recognition in reading this observation about the lack of current action by healthcare supporters. It's bad, because this is a really important fight and our apathy is leaving the field wide open for the right-wingers, who in fact do feel panicked and in a corner. It's good to think that the Good Guys could be pricked to action if it appears that the tide is turning and healthcare reform is about to die, but the bigger danger is that either (a) public opinion will have been wrecked by the deluge of misinformation by that point, or/and that (b) the bills could be gutted of much of what's most important but not rouse us to action because "they're still such a great improvement." We need to get on our feet now, while Congress-critters are still doing their "listening" tours to figure out which way the wind is really blowing.

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