Friday, October 2, 2009
Words Matter ... If you actually want to, y'know ... WIN
We covered this with the Clean Coal debate: What you call things the first time you ask your audience to think about something realyreally matters.
In the early 90s, and -- in case you missed it -- again now, the entire Beltway community seems obsessed with something called "Health Care Reform." Statistics, and indeed insults, fly. Some more trustworthy or sane than others, as the case may be.
Threats and rumors of violence abound.
Over ... What were we talking about?
Oh, yeah. Socialism.
Okay, sick children then.
Oh, yeah: How do we pay for it when we have to go to the doctor more than we thought we would or can afford?
Here's the deal: That's not health care. [or healthcare depending on your stylebook of choice]
That's Health Insurance, or at least Health Care Financing.
People generally like their Health Care. It's the paying for it that gets complicated. If you have a pre-existing condition, you still can get an appointment with a specialist, as long as you can ... wait for it ... PAY for the doctor's/clinic's/practitioner's time.
Even Doc Graham has to eat.
I, too, hope President Obama is the last president to tackle health care reform. If he's not, I truly hope he's the last one to call it that.
See the late XX/early XXI Century poet L. Lovett:
Was that a beer joint
Or was that the country club
Were we fooling around
Or was it truly love
Was that a foreign film
Or just a show
Why i don't know
I just had to go