I Don't Get Health Care Reform -- and Neither Do You

08/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Can you explain health care reform to me? No, you can't. You don't understand it either.

This is partly because there is the concept of reform, but there is no fixed proposal for what exactly this reform is or how precisely these reform goals -- to the extent that there are fixed goals -- will be accomplished. There are just arguments over the nature and methods of reform.

And it is partly because health care reform, in whatever shape it ultimately assumes, will be reduced (or, as it were, expanded) to a set of procedures and regulations and exceptions not so dissimilar from the federal tax code.

So how is it possible to have an opinion -- for so many people to have such heated opinions -- about something that they cannot possibly understand?

The answer is that most of us don't have opinions. The only people who really have opinions are people being paid to have opinions -- for or against. To the extent that people who are not being paid to have opinions have an opinion, these are largely opinions not about health care reform, but about other people's opinions about health care reform. We've been propagandized, in other words.

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