By Jim Rockett
At first, I felt perfectly sane sitting there in the doctor’s office with my wife. We were in the middle of several doctor appointments trying to figure out what is causing her double vision (don’t worry, I’m driving) and a few other annoying symptoms. Such appointments tend to ground you in reality.
Then came the long wait while my wife endured various scans and other medical diagnostics. That left me in the lobby with America’s fair and balanced cable channel featuring, shall we say, lively discussions about our current health care brouhaha. Goodbye reality, hello Twilight Zone. I witnessed an amazing mix of ideology and emotion. I was treated to some disappointing words, like socialism and fascism. And I couldn’t help but marvel at the motor-mouth delivery and chic haircuts of these hard core news people. (Ok, I’ll stop. But really, add a little coherence and any one of them could host a TV reality show.)
Sarcasm aside, the message from these talking heads was clear: I and my family will be better off if there is stalemate on health care reform. And they did (repeatedly and gleefully) cite one source, that being a PriceWaterhouseCoopers report which allegedly shows that the Baucus bill would increase health care costs for a typical family by $27,700 beyond what that family would pay under our current system. Ouch, that would be bad. More...