Out of Touch Every Which Way
Something’s curious about Mark Barabak and Faye Fiore’s presentation of the lack of street creds in Congress when it comes to healthcare:
Too much, too fast, too expensive. Those are some of the objections lawmakers have voiced against the healthcare overhaul Democrats are attempting on Capitol Hill.
But many Americans think Congress is out of touch. How, they wonder, can lawmakers empathize with the underinsured or those lacking insurance when they receive a benefits package — heavily subsidized by taxpayers — that most of us can only envy?
It isn’t the editorializing that’s striking; at this point, that’s expected. What’s odd is the one-sided insinuation that comfy legislators can’t empathize with a public that lacks a “public option.” Put aside the reality that there isn’t anything fundamentally more secure about Congress’s benefits than those of Americans in the private sector. They can lose their jobs, and sufficient pressure from the public would ultimately succeed in decreasing the benefit.
Most peculiar is the implicit notion that, even as legislators cannot empathize with the healthcare realities of their countrymen, they ought to take upon themselves the responsibility of rewriting those realities.