It was brave to vote for it before Congressman Brad Ellsworth. It’s even braver now. And, we think, smarter.
We realize it is a heftier request now that you are a candidate for Senate and there are teabaggers (though fewer than before) showing up giving Congressman Mike Pence douchey sound-bite opportunities (who, by the way, just loves pork when it serves him) that let him drown the fact that he is passing out sizable bonuses to his staff while his constituents continue to drown in joblessness.
And those angry anti-taxation for any reason teabaggers are also offering Governor Mitch Daniels cover under which to hide his administration’s either inability or incompetence to forecast economic activity. Seriously though, wasn’t he the head of the federal Office of Management and Budget? Didn’t he say the Iraq War was gonna cost like $200 billion MAX? Didn’t he brag about how his restructuring of the state’s budget system into an Indiana Office of Management and Budget was going to cure all the uncertainty in our economic forecasting? You remember that too, right?
And of course they all love to call it a costly government take-over when nothing could be further from the truth. But seriously, wasn’t Iraq THE costly government take-over?
But put all that aside. All that teabag crap said Congressman Ellsworth, now is the time to support what is right. Now is the time to finish what was started.
If you are worried about what Hoosiers want then think about this piece from the wise Nate Silver at fivethirtyeight.com:
by Nate Silver @ 12:01 AM
Gallup did something pretty cool in connection with their latest health care survey, which was to provide the verbatim responses (.xls) of the rationales given by people who would tell their Congressman to vote for or against the current health care bills, respectively.
I ran the responses through Wordle, a word-cloud generating tool, omitting certain words that were parts of speech or were otherwise non-germane.
Here are the words that were used most frequently by the 45 percent of the country who would tell their Congressman to vote for the health care bill:
And here are the words used most commonly by the 48 percent of the country who would tell their Congressman to vote against it:
In some sense, this is a very old-fashioned debate about the proper role of government. The message that the pro-reform voters have taken away comes through loudly and clearly: ‘PEOPLE … NEED … INSURANCE’, whereas concerns among the anti’s boil down to ‘GOVERNMENT’ and ‘COST’.
As I’ve argued before, some of the anti-health care sentiment may be based on a misunderstanding about what exactly the bill would do: its hardly a government takeover, leaving the private insurance industry largely intact although certainly enacting a number of important new regulations and restrictions. Nevertheless, it’s clear that anti-reform advocates have coyly tapped into a lot of fears about the role of government — fears which were probably buoyed by the extremely unpopular bailout and somewhat unpopular stimulus package.
On the pro-reform side, meanwhile, it’s been the moral arguments that seem to have broken through — words like ‘PEOPLE’, ‘NEED’, ‘EVERYONE’ and ‘EVERYBODY’ — along with a few hints of populist sentiment (‘COMPANIES’, ‘AFFORD’). Very few people have been persuaded by the discussions about bending the cost curve, on the other hand. Although the word ‘AFFORD’ is used more often by proponents of the legislation, terms like ‘COST’ and ‘MONEY’ are used far more often by those opposed to it.
You’ve done polling. You know that most Americans and even specifically Hoosiers want the individual items in this bill, but hate what they have been told this bill is.
It is up to you to make the right vote and then use your skills and the information at hand to make the case to Hoosiers that you supported the health-care bill FOR THEM! Not whatever Reagan-era welfare mother caricature they have in their noggins.
This is the week for hard decisions. We know you will make the right one for the tens of thousands of Hoosiers who will finally get health insurance under this bill. I met several of them last summer. People who have worked hard for years. Several have been the small business entrepreneurs that both sides of the aisle like to say are the incubators that will create tomorrows jobs, yet for one obtuse reason or another have been denied the simple safety net of health insurance in what we have been told over and over by the Republicans is the home of the greatest health-care system in the world.
If those tens-of-thousands aren’t good enough, then think of the tens-of-thousands that are covered but soon won’t be after the coming collapse in coverage that both sides of the aisle and the insurance industry itself see as an absolute certainty if nothing changes.
Best yet, look right here in Indiana at Wellpoint for the example of how health insurance companies are raising rates and forcing employers to a) not hire and likely b) fire workers.
It is an important vote.
We know you will do the right thing.
And when you do, we will help you make the case.