Lakoff begins this short essay with …
“It is time for Democrats to talk about health in those terms, beyond just policy terms like health insurance reform, bending the cost curve, types of exchanges, etc.”
He is right, but I propose that it is not nearly enough for Democrats to do that. The whole country needs to begin to do that.
It is past time for us to begin to recognize that slanderous opinions, spin, slanting our reports and interpretations, and outright lying about fundamental questions in human life harm all of us.
We are well on the way to becoming a nation of lobbyists – a nation of people with no respect for the truth, life, freedom, or … health.
5 thoughts on “George Lakoff: Health,Life, and Freedom are Moral Issues.”
Where is the freedom if government decides what healthcare you can have or what you have to do in order to obtain it? Where is the freedom if your livelihood is taken in order to pay for someone else’s healthcare? Where is the life of the unborn if the government sets up loopholes allowing the federal subsidy of abortions?
Your point is what? What you have said looks to be polemical, a rant, but for now I will leave it here to see if anyone else wants to comment. … of the people, by the people, and for the people.
You and Lakoff want to couch provisioning of access to comprehensive medical care in terms of freedom and want to turn the debate into an argumentum ad misericord but ignore the loss of freedoms you would impose on people to enforce your victory if you won it. So I briefly described some of the losses of freedom ensured by the current legislation.
If that’s a polemic rant, so be it.
The point is not the proposed (it is not yet current) legislation. For the most part the U.S. government already decides. The public just does not know that.
And the government decides the way that the richest corporate lobbyists tell them to decide.
Take a look at Moyers today:
Is that what you are fighting for, “jonolan”?
You complain about slanderous opinions, spin, slanting our reports and interpretations, and outright lying and then you cite something on HuffPo? That’s more than a little – to be polite – inconsistent.
But no; I’m not fighting for the insurance companies – beyond fighting for their right to stay in business if the market and their abilities allow them to do so.
What I’m fighting for is the basic freedom for Americans to succeed as best they can, hold onto the wealth that they’ve earned, and have access to the best medical care that they can afford.