Don’t you just love how the BBC can spend their time (and our money) looking in depth at something and totally not getting it?
Last year, in a series of “town-hall meetings” across the country, Americans got the chance to debate President Obama’s proposed healthcare reforms.
What happened was an explosion of rage and barely suppressed violence.
Polling evidence suggests that the numbers who think the reforms go too far are nearly matched by those who think they do not go far enough.
But it is striking that the people who most dislike the whole idea of healthcare reform – the ones who think it is socialist, godless, a step on the road to a police state – are often the ones it seems designed to help.
The problem, of course, is that the assumption of the article is that the proposed healthcare reform, by dint of being the idea of St Obama and the Democratic party, is good for people. That is not necessarily the case.
And they then decide that no matter what the objections, people are being bamboozled by a lack of numbers on the part of the Republicans, and that they’re definitely voting against their own interest. Which is both annoying and patronising, and thusly entirely in keeping with the BBC…