I think the health reforms could have been sold as universal health care, but that wouldn't have been true. […]- Digby, on the larger problem faced by ideas like Medicare expansion.
The problem is the idea of "universal". That is simply not an established American value. We are generally quite content to live in a country with vast disparities in rights, health, wealth and security out of some outdated fealty to "states' rights." And that lies at the root of so many of our problems.