Concerning the acrimonious health care reform debate, this just seems such an obvious point, I am surprised I have not seen it pointed out before.
Of course, my awareness and study of current events is rather scattershot.
Maybe it is so obvious it’s not worth mentioning, but –
In the abortion “battles”, those who oppose the right to an abortion (everyone is pro-life; no one advocates abortions like they would advocate eating broccoli, despite how good Christians want to portray the other side) see it as about the sanctity of life. Pro-choice think it is about a woman’s control over her own body, embedded in a spectrum of women’s rights issues.
As to health care –
An opponent hears “health care reform” – and thinks money, taxes, worries over control and centralization of a large segment of our economy – it could just as well be about a national drivers license or a federal takeover of fast food chains.
A proponent hears “health care reform” – and thinks reforming health care, thinks about in a nation where radio personalities earn $50,000,000 a year, that someone working 40 hours a week has to decide which prescription she can’t afford this paycheck, or ignores a lump and prays it goes away, or is denied health insurance – unequivocally, at any price – because she still suffers the impact of being hit by a drunk driver decades ago.
The two sides of the aisle are talking about two separate things. And as in the 37 years of unctuous abortion debate, it looks like many people on both sides aren’t even aware of that.