Swallowing Our Pride

Tammy Alexander writes about the Olympic opening ceremonies and health care in the latest Third Way Cafe.

Like millions of others around the world, I sat down in front of my television a few weeks ago to watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. I was thoroughly impressed by the show – the theatrics, the music, the dancers – and moved by the spirit of fellowship among the athletes.

There is much in our U.S. health care system to be proud of – cutting-edge treatments, new drug research, and many excellent care providers. But we should not let our pride get in the way of seeing our system’s shortfalls and making improvements.

I imagine some of the estimated 42 million viewers in the U.S. were puzzled, however, by the second act of the show which celebrated Great Britain’s National Health Service (NHS). With the ongoing debate in this country over health care, it must be hard for some to understand why anyone would celebrate a government-run health care system.

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