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  •  Well, since we know most liberals (2+ / 0-)
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    bewert, james321

    and progressives support single payer I believe it is incumbent upon single payer supporters to be able to speak the language of moderates and conservatives.

    I still call myself "conservative" but I believe that single payer is likely the best way to go.  But most of the framing of the reasons to support single payer is made by progressives in a way that appeals to progressives.  That is fine as far as it goes but you (we) need more converts and the way to do that, like I said, is to speak to the moderates and conservatives that earnestly want a better system.

    Another way to put it is that if I wanted to convince progressives of supporting a position one of the last things I would want to say is "Well, Reagan, the greatest president of the last 50 years was right when he said........".  Now, no matter what I said after that introduction it probably is not going to be widely supported due to the way I introduced the thought even though it may be something that most progressives would agree with.

    Anyway, I'll leave you with this other thought.  Whether you like some of Steven Covey's work or not, one of his habits of highly effective people was to "seek first to understand, and then be understood."  I think most conservatives and moderates think that among the most important things in a healthcare system are access, outcomes and cost.   Ask your conservative/moderate friends or family members what are the most important aspects of a healthcare system to them.  If need be suggest to them that you think that these are important qualities in a system and ask them if they can come up with other features of a healthcare system that they think are most important.

    Well, the facts appear to be that we have pretty decent outcomes but not the best.  And our access and costs just stink.  It is this framing that has led me to (likely) conclude that single payer is the best way to go.

    But what do I know?  I voted for Bush twice.

    We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

    by theotherside on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:55:15 AM PST

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