MoveOn is polling its members on health care. It's a hard choice. Do we endorse health care because it's a starting point, a clear commitment to a collective future of shared responsibility for each other's health and well being? Do we endorse it for political reasons--the Dems will be slaughtered in November if this fails. Or do we join Kucinich in rejecting a bailout for the insurance sector, a legalized expropriation of more of our money into private hands. Isn't the health care bill but a way to strengthen the insurance companies, to make them more powerful than ever before?
In October my son dislocated his thumb in gym. This required minor surgery. The bills were around a thousand dollars. I have health insurance, so my out of pocket wasn't too bad. But the evil insurance company has sent me three letters from some kind of litigators hoping to be able to sue my son's (public) high school for negligence or something. I've ignored them. Yesterday's letter said that they would be forced to note that I refuse to cooperate with my insurance provider and that this could affect my coverage in the future. I called them and complained, which means in practice that someone manning the phones got an earful. I was told that I had a right to my opinion.
Think, but obey.