Are we stupid?

Look. This is a good example of politicians pulling your chain.

Take the phrase “universal health care”. We’ve been using the term for many years. It means a national health plan. Pro or con, for or against, when we say “universal” we argue about a regulated national plan.

To manipulate sound bites, Republicans are now trumpeting “universal”. The proposal just announced uses “universal” no fewer than seven times in one press release!

That’s rude. That’s wrong. That’s con.

They’re promoting universal access to purchase an insurance policy from lobbyist friends on The Street. That’s the hitch.

Republicans argue for the mystical free market while the Miami Herald uncovered insurance brokers are trained to cherry pick patients. Oh, profits! As if paying billions in commissions is better for us than paying public employees.

You decide. It’s a margin call.