No question about it, the press release pronounced: Our health care system is “broken.” To fix it, an enlightened reformer, President Barack Obama, is doing his best to fulfill a solemn promise of Change: a dramatic overhaul to provide guaranteed, irrevocable health insurance coverage for every person in America (while cutting costs!) to lift the United States—“the only developed nation in the world which does not offer some type of viable health care solution to its citizens”—from its lowly thirty-seventh-place showing in the World Health Organization’s survey of 191 countries. The president is being undone, however, by “intimidation” tactics and the “politics of fear,” practiced by forces opposed to basic social justice.

Saddest of all in this spectacle, the release elaborated, is what has happened to that cherished backbone of participatory...


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