The incompetence of the President selling the public health option is baffling to me. For some reason, the most improbable President of the United States, who just ran the most perfect campaign, can’t seem to articulate the need for health care reform.
I can’t believe he hasn’t filled auditorium after auditorium with people who have been denied care by insurance companies, people on respirators, with walkers, with small children, dying people, sick people, the most morose scene you could possibly imagine and sell the program, and do it every day.
After a week or so of looking like Somalia, sentiment for the program would swing. Call Oprah; she’d know how to do it.
But, I think there’s something else going on here. Insurance companies are big business. Health care is big business. And, the President needs big business on his side. So, he’s out there soft selling, back pedaling, reacting.
There’s only one thing this type of selling will offer and that’s hope. We need more than hope; we need leadership.