Am I the only one, or do you agree with me that health reform has suffered from poor publicity? I’ve heard very smart people say that they just don’t understand what it’s all about, and I keep asking myself the same question: Who’s in charge of publicity?
I don’t mean to sound naive. I never want to seem as if I haven’t got a clue. I am trying really hard to understand the debate, the strong opinions (that would be those now infamous Town Hall meetings), the RHETORIC, and as much as I possibly can absorb everything I can about health care reform. But it seems to me that even those responsible for creating effective and lasting legislation don’t really know what kind of language to use.
At the risk of stating the obvious, I wonder how much thought went into the publicity plan for reform. Of course, people might become rather agitated about something near and dear to their hearts (and hips and other organs), especially when the lack of clarity starts to bump up against arrogance and other pesky patronizing behaviors.
Let me ask you: Do you understand what the public option is all about?
I don’t. Not really. Sometimes (and I know, again, that I might be stating the obvious) I wonder if what we write and say shouldn’t first be processed through a filter called “But what will THEY think of it?” In other words, shouldn’t we strive to imagine our various audiences — how they’ll interpret our words, whether or not they’re really the right people to receive our words, and, finally, what they’ll do with those words.
I know it’s a rush-rush world. But think about it: How many times do you wish you might have taken a few extra minutes to think something through, to imagine you might be offended, delighted, confused, not the least bit interested? Your list should really go on and on…