Recently, we hired a plumber who heard that we were from Canada, so he asked about the Canadian health-care system. We told him that we had always received excellent care there, but since living in the U.S. we have encountered ongoing problems with bureaucracy plus frequent interference in our health matters from insurers. To us, the "death panels" are the insurers who currently make all decisions.
The plumber said he was "afraid of government-run health care" and afraid that he would lose "his freedom." We recognized his rhetoric from right-wing propaganda, so we explained that in fact, universal health care was just the opposite from what he was being led to believe. He thanked us for the conversation, saying he'd buy the needed part and "get right back to us."
After we waited a week we began leaving messages — many messages — none of which were ever returned. Then, we realized that the plumber had been offended by our honestly in response to his questions and that his reaction was to avoid us entirely. We had accepted this person as a free-thinking individual, but his behavior made us realize that he had been spooked by the fear-mongering tactics being used to scare citizens who are afraid of change. Surely any thinking person should be able to discriminate between lies funded by greed and facts given by people with no vested interest.
We are thankful to have the police department, fire department, public universities, libraries, Medicare, Workman's Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, National Guard, Army, Veteran's Administration, etc. Imagine our country without these socialistic programs!
People do have the right to be stupid, but at what a price to the rest of us?
— Michel and Terry LaRiviere