Me: Ok... so we have established that you think that health care reform would be too expensive.
Insane Person: Yes.
Me: But you are small business owner, like me, right?
Insane Person: Yes...
Me: And are your insurance rates ridiculous too?
Insane Person: Oh, they are ridiculous! And they keep going up.
Me: But you don't think that we should address that? You wouldn't like lower rates?
Insane Person: Of course I would... but not if my taxes are going to go up.
Me: No one said they would.
Insane Person: They have to, where else would they get the money.
Me: Now this is where I tell you that it would have been helpful if you were able to watch the speech from the other night where talked about these things.
Insane Person: But I told you.. I don't have to because I just listen to the news afterward.
Me: Fox news.
Insane Person: Yes!
Me: Third Base... right. Well, one of the things he pointed out in his speech was that we all have driver's insurance, right? Why do we have driver's insurance?
Insane Person: Because it is the law.
Me: RIGHT! So if you crash into me... I have some protection. But why shouldn't I have some protection against the 46 million people who get sick and go to the hospital and receive treatment... I mean, why should I have to pay for them getting sick.
Insane Person: Right!
Me: Right! So tell me again why you are against that?
Insane Person: Because I don't want to pay for their insurance.
Me: But... we... just... covered.... that.
Insane Person: Well the government paying for them and taxing us is the same thing, isn't it?
Me: Not even remotely... first the idea of public option gives a low cost health plan to people who can't afford their own plan by themselves. Secondly... they are trying to make it pay for itself.
Insane Person: They will fail.
Me: That's your answer? They will fail? So we should just give up?
Insane Person: Oh... no... I'm a very positive person.
Twelve Years, Give or Take.
5 weeks ago