On Anderson Cooper’s CNN on healthcare yesterday, August 23rd, David Gergen insisted the American people would never embrace a single payer system. We’re too unlike Europeans and Canadians in simply not trusting government enough to run such a healthcare system. We’re too rebelliousness and anti-authoritarian to tolerate such government control. Maybe so. But how then did Americans tolerate the virtual constitutional dictatorship of the Bush-Cheney administration in spying on Americans and in President Bush’s extraordinary use of signing statements turning that practice into a virtual line-item-veto. Americans will never accept governmental control of healthcare, but will gladly embrace a soft dictatorship concerning governmental control of privacy. Something doesn’t compute here.
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