The television program may yet exist. I don't know. However, decades back, Monty Hall was the host of a daytime game show called Let's Make a Deal. Hall would summon someone from the studio audience up front, then he'd give that person some prize of varying value. He might, for example, deal out five one hundred dollar bills into the participant's palm, and immediately offer to trade what was being held for an unknown behind one of the curtains on stage. Hidden from view might be a new car, or it might be something of much lesser value.
Regardless, whenever the audience participant did make the swap, he or she might indeed be buying an honest to goodness real live pig in a poke. Monty would never say . . . beforehand.
It was fun, when the blind choice was made by someone drawn from a game show audience. Not so much when it's a spiel made by a whacko ultraconservative radio or cable TV commentator that's being purchased by my neighbor who has no more clue as to the spiel's actual legitimacy and accuracy. But that's what we're facing today, especially concerning the health care dilemma.
The vexing issues to me are just how to get the deliriously-happy-to-be-close-minded neighbor (relative, work associate, etc.) to be even willing to ponder being open-minded, to actually mull the several questions contained in the issue, and whether I or anyone else has a moral obligation to make the effort.
Taking the latter first, and mindful of Burke's dicta that "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men (and women) do (say) nothing," the question is easily resolved on behalf of the notion that no alternative but to try exists.
To that end I've come up with a few questions those of us who feel the need for genuine health care reform is an exigent necessity have an obligation to pose to those we know who feel differently. As I see it, the matter of health care reform sits on two rather distinct planes: the moral plane and the economic plane.
The Moral Plane QuestionDo we as individuals and as a society have a moral obligation to our fellow life travelers to not permit them to whither and perish as a consequence of either no or inadequate life sustaining health care?