The example being set by the Republicans is outdated and out of step with the rest of America, especially when it comes to health care, as this recent poll indicates:
A majority of Americans say the federal government should guarantee health insurance to every American, especially children, and are willing to pay higher taxes to do it, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.The "lets keep cutting taxes" crowd are losing their clout as people suffer, yet they keep spouting off their nonsense about nanny governments and voicing their opposition to universal health care instead of listening to the taxpayers.
It's not too late for them to change direction though, and there is a way to provide health care to some Americans [via Tom Paine], which is a start:
Health coverage can be provided to every child in America in 2007. The funding necessary to expand coverage to all children and pregnant women would be the equivalent to just nine days of Defense Department spending in 2007, and three months of the tax cuts to the richest one percent of Americans this year. [emphasis added]The public wants to do what is morally right. The question is do Republicans?