Friday, September 4, 2009

Senator Franken Talks Health Care

Image credit: Screenshot of video by Cujo359

I knew I'd like this guy. Of course, I read his book. Most of my previous posts about Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) were concerned with needlessly long court fights that followed his election. In the end, though, he was sworn in as a U.S. Senator. Now, he's doing the things that Senators do, including talking to the public. This is a very impressive exchange between Sen. Franken and some skeptical constituents at a state fair. It never got loud or divisive. Franken spoke to these people respectfully, and acknowledged that their concerns have justifications. It's a conversation most people who walked away from it should have been better informed by.

It's well worth a listen, I think, if for no other reason than as a guide to how we should talk about health care. However things go, it's going to be an overly-expensive mess for a while. What we need to aim for is a solution that won't end up as an overly-expensive mess.

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