Opponents of a single-payer plan say Americans will never accept socialized medicine. But according to a 2008 poll, when Americans were asked what they thought of socialized medicine, 45 percent said it would be better.
For Americans, the tendency is to shrug things off, to postpone dealing with whatever may appear difficult -- to another year, another administration, another generation. Or until we are in a crisis and must deal with it.
The excesses of the health insurance industry resemble those of Wall Street and the subprime housing market, typified by privatized profits for insurers and socialized risk for taxpayers and consumers.
Questions like "Are you an elitist?" "Is your health plan socialized medicine?" "Would you rather lose a war than an election?" Those questions deserve a lizard answer -- like "No," "No," and "Hell No."