Health Reform Habits of The Heart
What are the habits of the heart that
make us, the beliefs and practices that shape our character and give us our
Robert N. Bellah, et al, Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment
in American Life, University of
California Press, 1985
May 25, 2012 - The habits of my heart and mind stem from the habits of my reading.
Today, in his Washington Post column,
Charles Krauthammer writes of the “Joys of Winning.” He says his heart and mind belong to the Washington
Nationals baseball team.
he gives the front page of the paper about 90 seconds before going straight to
the box score to see how his favorite players performed.
case, I scan the cover pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Washington
Examiner. I then breeze through The Health Care Blog, The WSJ Health Blog, Kaiser Health News, and
Health Leaders Media.
Political Box Scores
Then I go
straight to Real Clear Politics to
read the political and health reform box
the average of general election box scores reads: Obama 45.5%, Romney 43.6%. In other words, a near dead heat. Romney is slightly
ahead among likely voters, 45.0% to 44.0%, and Obama leads among registered
voters, 48.0% to 42.8%. The average for Americans favoring health reform repeal is
51.0% compared to 38.0% opposing repeal.
The Intrade odds are 57.5% Obama will be re-elected versus a 38.0 %
chance for Romney.
Most of what
the papers say is predictable. The New
York Times and the Washington Post are for Obama, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Examiner are for
It’s still early in the baseball and political season.
My sense is that Americans are at an inflection
point on the direction of the nation and health reform. They are undecided on what the balance should
be between free markets and government control – the proper mix twixt business and
government, individualism and collectivism, Obamacare and Romneycare, Obamanation and Romneyadulation, personal doctor choice and goverment doctor choice.
the Supreme Court will tilt the balance towards the center right rather than
the center left. Still, at this point in the
season, it’s impossible to tell what the mix
of hits, runs, errors, and wins portends.
In the game of baseball and political
It’s hard to tell who is losing and who
But in my case, I try to do the best I can,
To guess between the winner and also-ran.
I read a little on the left, and I
read a little on the right.
I go to box scores and polls to see
what happened last night.
I look for hits, runs, and gaffes
To separate wheat from the chaffs.
To choose between the good chaps,
If I can, to spot and ignore the bad raps.
Tweet: It’s early in the baseball and political
season, but it’s not too early to read the box scores and polls to guess the final
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