EXPLAINING THE TOWN-HALL PROTESTS
August 24, 2009
The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) and Salem Communications -- which employs such talk-show hosts as Mike Gallagher and Bill Bennett -- have been sponsoring an online petition at www.freeourhealthcarenow.com for those who wish to express their opposition to nationalized health care. In the process, more than 1.1 million signatures have been collected, says John C. Goodman, President, CEO and the Kellye Wright Fellow with the NCPA.
Who are the signatories? They are a very diverse group of individuals, says Goodman:
- Some of them are part of a 40,000-person network of former Obama supporters experiencing buyer's remorse and others are part of various disease networks.
- There are networks of senior citizens worried about cuts in Medicare, Christian conservatives worried about taxpayer-funded abortions and subsidies for euthanasia and there are an enormous number of people who are simply concerned about their health care.
- For the most part, these individuals are not funded or organized by anybody.
But why are they so angry? The reasons are manifold, but the single biggest reason is the arrogance of our elected officials in Washington, says Goodman:
- For the past seven months a small group of politicians has been meeting behind-closed-doors with powerful special interests to decide whether you will be able to keep your current insurance, where you will be directed to get new insurance and at what price.
- In the process, they never asked you what you thought about anything.
- If you are not mad about this, odds are you don't understand the situation.
In truth, there is a deadly serious issue here: how do you get rid of waste and inefficiency without denying people care they really need, asks Goodman? The answer is not easy.
No other country has found it. And if the president wants to tackle this challenge, then he, not his opponents, bears the burden of proof to show how that will work, says Goodman.
Source: John C. Goodman, "Explaining the Town-Hall Protests," Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2009.
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