Every now and again, I include something up in a blog post, hoping some supporter or critic will catch it and build on it. Last night, I did just that, linking a Washington Post/ABC News Poll, to help set up this post. One of our critics noted that the poll, which i cited in order to show that an overwhelming percentage of Americans are happy with their health care, also showed “over half still think the system itself still needs reform and/or alteration.”
He’s right. While most people are happy with their current health insurance, many do want reform. But,just because people support reform doesn’t mean they support the reforms proposed by the Democrats. And yet, all too many supporters of such plans believe that those who oppose such plans do nothing. (That said, I, along with a majority of Americans, believe doing nothing would be better than passing the plan currently in Congress.)
Even when free market advocates outline reforms they favor, albeit reforms different from the Democrats’ proposals, Obamacare advocates say such libertarian entrepreneurs are trying to “kill reform.”
The basic point is that we have a pretty good system with some rather serious flaws. We also have the problem that about 15 million people who lack coverage but would like coverage. (Yes, Democrats do put forward a higher number, but they include many who are eligible for coverage but don’t know about it or who opt not to have coverage due to their youth and/or general good health.)
We don’t need a general “overhaul” as President Obama (and his supporters) often say, but we do need to “mend” this system. The guiding principle for our elected officials should be how to reform a system while preserving all that is good about it–all that makes so many so happy with the coverage they now have.