Ira Glass, host of the public radio program This American Life, recently announced
"Even die-hard news consumers have to admit this sad truth about the
health care debate: It's usually really, really boring. I ask you, is
there any writer in the English language gifted enough to compose an
interesting sentence regarding the long-term financial health of
Medicare? No, there is not." The Atlantic Wire disagrees.
To prove Ira Glass wrong, we gathered up ten
interesting, compelling, thought-provoking sentences on health
care from this week alone:
"The so-called 'Health Choices Commissioner' will be the closest the United States has come to having an absolute ruler since King George III."
, The Heritage Foundation, July 29th
"I'm afraid that instead of [TSA's] Security Theater, we'll get Health Care
Theater, where the government goes to elaborate lengths to convince us
that we're getting the best possible health care, without actually
, The Atlantic, July 28th
"Here we had a political majority in congress and a popular president
armed with oodles of political capital and backed by the overwhelming
sentiment of perhaps 150 million Americans, and this government could
not bring itself to offend ten thousand insurance men in order to pass
a bill that addresses an urgent emergency."
, True/Slant, July 28th
"Something might get done. And if that something that gets done extends
health-care coverage to 40 million people who don't now have it, that
will be a big deal, and a big improvement in the lives of many, many
Americans. It's important for people who get good health care and have the luxury
of seeing this as an intellectual and political project to keep that in
, Washington Post, July 28th (responding to Taibbi)
"At a time when medical science offers the hope of major improvements in
the treatment of a wide range of dread diseases, should Washington be
limiting the available care and, in the process, discouraging medical
researchers from developing new procedures and products? Although
health care is much more expensive than it was 30 years ago, who today
would settle for the health care of the 1970s?"
, The Washington Post, July 28th
"Pretty much everybody who believes that health care should be a human
right, not a commercial commodity, and who makes a serious study of the
abstract substance of the matter, concludes that the best solution
would be (to borrow Obama's words at the press conference) 'what's
called a single-payer system, in which everybody is automatically
, The New Yorker, July 27th
"Should doctors determine not only their patients' treatment but also
their own pay, through the fee-for-service system that has survived
since the 1920s?"
, The New York Times, July 25th
"We are living in a time in which educated people who are at the top of
American life feel they have the right to make very public criticisms
of . . . let's call it the private, pleasurable but health-related
choices of others."
, The Wall Street Journal, July 25th
"A costly mandate
on businesses designed to reduce the number of American workers
without health insurance would likely swell the ranks of those
who are simultaneously uninsured and unemployed -- aggravating
the very crisis it is ostensibly designed to address."
, The Wall Street Journal, July 25th
"There is a big difference between finding islands of excellence [such
as the Mayo Clinic] and creating a national system based on them."
, The New York Times, July 23rd
It's true, health care debate can get wonky. But as The New Republic writes today in a staff editorial
, "While these discussions may not always make for scintillating television--more than one commentator came away from Barack Obama's prime-time press conference complaining about the professor-in-chief's tedious explanations--in many ways, the focus on arcane legislative details is a good thing."
Incidentally, This American Life's recent report
on one controversial element of health care reform contained several highly interesting sentences as well.
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