The debate about healthcare isn't actually about healthcare anymore. It's amazing the lengths to which some Americans will go to further an agenda.
Of course, EVERYONE has an agenda. It just appears that the right are far more comfortable playing shell games with theirs.
The American healthcare system, like the environment, is broken, no matter what the right wing says. The ridiculous thing is that the Republicans can have their way, if they want it. The idiot Democrats want a healthcare bill, ANY healthcare bill, just so long as they can say they "fixed" healthcare (which will not happen). All the Republicans have to do is float a few token votes (from Congressmen and Senators from "safe" districts, such as Dick Lugar) on an industry-friendly bill. The representatives who need to can vote against it for the sake of their culture warrior t-bagging constituents. Viola! An industry-friendly cosmetic fix gets passed on the Democratic watch, the insurance bandits are safe, the Democrats say they "fixed" healthcare, and Republicans who need to can say they voted against it. Everybody's a winner!
Instead, the Republican party has decided to commit their future to the culture wars. The ends (political victory) justify the means (lying). They have once again, Rove-style, taken control of the debate. We're not talking about healthcare anymore: it's all code.
On second thought, maybe I'm OK with this ludicrous argument. It's looking more and more like any bill that will be passed will be worthless. It looks like a few more people will have to be arbitrarily denied coverage or drown in the bureaucracy of their private sector health plans before we really fix this thing.
In the meantime, it saddens me just how many people believe we are actually talking about healthcare.