This is a cute and informative video about the health care reform act:
My favorite drawing is this, of economist Jon Gruber about to be crushed by the ogre of uncontrolled health care spending:
In fact, I think this will be my new twitter avatar.
Still, it would have been nice to have seen more of this sort of education and messaging two years ago when public opinion regarding the ACA was more malleable. Now people's ideas are pretty well set, hardened in part by their partisan stances. I was shocked to see that 55% of Americans now think that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. This is evidence, I think, of how effective the impassioned rhetoric from the opponents of the ACA has been in shifting the way the law is viewed. I don't think that many people have done a deep dive into Wickard v Filburn and come to this conclusion on their own; I suspect that more have been influenced by the persistent and angry denunciations of the mandate by its many opponents, with flaccid or nonexistent defenses of the law from its supporters. Consider, by the way, that when the court challenges were filed against the ACA's mandate, it was considered hopeless by legal observers; now we are truly a coin flip away from its invalidation. That's how far the frame has shifted, and it's entirely due to the effective case that has been made by conservatives and the failure of defenders of the law to respond.
Hopefully, this will be moot. If SCOTUS doesn't decide to overturn decades of precedent, and if Obama does manage to win re-election, the law will be completely implemented. In that case, I suspect it will becomes less of a partisan football, and we can maybe move beyond repeal to more productive arguments. I can dream, can't I?