Oscar Wilde on Healthcare

Too much change gives Lady Bracknell the vapors

Too much change gives Lady Bracknell the vapors

In this week’s “Talk of the Town” The New Yorker’s Hendrick Hertzbrg uses Oscar Wilde’s Lady Bracknell as a vehicle to consider the difference between radicalism and reform, the point of Presidential mandates, and the needs of millions of Americans without healthcare. He argues that the reservations of Americans worried about drastic change and massive costs pale in comparison to the danger of leaving a status quo that will beggar future generations.  Republicans believe that leaving healthcare unchanged would be a victory for them and a major failure for Obama.  However, those who would truly suffer the consequences would be millions of ordinary Americans.

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