You know, maybe we've been taking the wrong approach to health care reform. Maybe we should be thinking outside the box. This is a direct lift from Salon:
Americans spend upward of $10 billion a year on health care for pets, Garrison Keillor says, and nobody thinks twice about it. Moreover, conversations about pet health bring out the kind of empathy that has been entirely absent from the national discussion about health care. There are 48 million uninsured Americans, Keillor says, but they don't quite pull at the heartstrings the way pets do. So, "perhaps there should be a public pet option." A public pet option would generate the sympathy that's been missing from the debate, and it would be impossible for Republicans to fight. "It's one thing to oppose big government taking over from those little mom-and-pop insurance companies, but do you favor throwing Mr. Mittens out the car window when he gets old and feeble and needs an IV because he can't chew his kibble?" Animals bring out the best in people, Keillor concludes. Uninsured people don't.
Read original story in Salon, Wednesday 2, 2009.