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US Survives First Day of Health Care Reform!

The stock market went up today, and there is no evidence that more people died than usual, so far. It’s only 4 pm… OK, I’m just kidding.

But seriously folks, can we get a grip?! I haven’t seen such acrimony about something as boring as insurance in a real long time. I’m impressed by this article published an hour ago by the Associated Press: FACT CHECK: Spinning the New Health Care Law. It already has 2500 comments on Yahoo. It gives (IMHO) a balanced view of the myths and realities about the new law.

Also see A Historic Look at Health Care Legislation in the US – surprise – we’ve done this before!

I love the intensity on this issue – I wish we could get excited about more issues – but without the polarization, hostility, propaganda and rhetoric. No matter which way you feel about this law or about health care reform in general, I hope that most people agree with me there is too much fighting today in politics.

Peter Drucker, who would have been 100 this year, gave six tips for US Presidents back in 1993. The last tip was, “Once you’re elected, stop campaigning.” There has been a lot in the press lately about how many members of Congress are forgetting they were hired to do a job, and are simply perpetual candidates, always giving sound bites and stump speeches.

Ironically, one movie rental waiting for me at home is the 1976 multi-Oscar winning Network. Remember “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore?!” Seemed like an irrational rant at the time. Perhaps it is a rallying cry.

I don’t know what it will take, but I hope some of the current calls for a new civility reach the ears of our tone-deaf Congress and Senate, and cause them to start doing the real work of the nation again. We sure need it!