Is 90 Years Long Enough?

Sometimes we say things poorly. Or should just listen and not speak.

Just the other day, I responded to a concern about church by making a dismissive comment. I was feeling defensive, and tired, and just wanted to avoid the discussion.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got himself tangled up in criticizing those who oppose him on health care, seeming to compare them to slaveowners and racists. It was probably not what he meant, but it was poor form.

On the other hand, the idea of waiting longer for a national program to protect the nation’s health is beginning to seem ludicrous to me, too. I read the other day a comment by Irving Fisher, one of the giants of the field of study known as economics, “At present the United States has the unenviable distinction of being the only great industrial nation without compulsory health insurance.”

He said that in December . . . . 1916. Congress nearly passed such a program the next year, but then it got tarred with being a German idea, and with anti-German sentiment running at fever pitch, the idea died.

Ninety years seems like long enough to fix something (I hope that doesn’t sound snide).

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