How to have a conversation about health care reform

September 4, 2009 | By | 6 Replies More

I commend the way that Al Franken engaged with these tea party folks recently:

Watching this video makes me ever more suspicious that the media is driving unnecessary conflict (on health care reform and on everything else) in order to sell ads. It seems much easier to talk when the media isn’t around spewing sound bites and featuring angry extremists, instead of focusing on the many ways we actually agree with those with whom we “disagree.”

I couldn’t take my eyes off of the woman who tried to start the conversation in a contentious way. I kept wondering whether her views on Al Franken were shifting given the impressive way he discussed the issues surrounding health care reform.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Jay Fraz says:

    Is it just me or do some of the 'protesters' seem to have a deer in headlights reaction to numbers and facts. That and are completely surprised to be talked to like a human being by someone they probably only know as a gross right wing radio caricature.

  2. tmol says:

    what did he say of substance?

    just a bunch of gobble-de-gook.

    as a U.S. Senator he is insufficiently informed to be making decisions for me.

  3. Erich Vieth says:

    I agree that Franken didn't present any new health plan in full detail (who has?). I was impressed at his skills and effort in diffusing what started out being a hostile crowd.

  4. tmol says:

    " I was impressed at his skills and effort in diffusing what started out being a hostile crowd."

    which has nothng to do with health care,

    you should change your title from "How to have a conversation about health care reform?" to "How to be a smooth talking politician without knowing anything."

    • Erich Vieth says:

      The discussion wasn't about elephants. It wasn't about keeping your lawn fertilized. It was about health care. It's not the last word on health care, I'll admit, but Franken did give some useful information about portability of insurance, about bankruptcy (80% of those who go bankrupt do to massive medical bills DID have insurance), and about the need to better regulate insurers so that they can't reject applicants for pre-existing conditions. It's palpably untrue that Franken doesn't know "anything" about health care issues.

  5. Jay Fraz says:

    TMOL : Exactly what decision 'IS' Al Franken attempting to make for you?

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