My Note to President Obama in response to an email eliciting support for the ongoing health care intiative:
I received an OFA email just a little while ago telling me of all the hard work being done on health care, for which I thank you, Mr. President, and those of your exceptional staff. But I have to say that I do have a line in the sand: insurance companies are not part of the health care system. They are part of the health care industry. Any “reform” that does not address the quite different incentives implied in that distinction will fail.
Translation: a public option is not window dressing. It is an essential element of any real reform. I’m not going to organize for America until and unless you bring this home right.
Image: attributed to Caravaggio, “The Toothpuller,” before 1610.