The media has been concentrating on the more lurid and confrontational aspects of the debate over health care reform; for example, the protestors at town halls, including the recent case of a man who had his finger bitten off during a fight (which was itself ironic, since he was against health care reform, but having his finger reattached was paid for by Medicare).
But the reality is that most of the town halls have happened without incident, and even at the ones where there are disruptions, the people being disruptive are a small minority. It turns out that in the area of health care reform, most Americans agree on more things than they disagree on.
Don’t believe me? Watch this video of new Senator Al Franken at the State Fair in Minnesota, confronted by some people who say they are against health care reform. Franken manages to have a civil, intelligent, and substantive discussion about health care in the US, and how we can reform it.
Naturally, this won’t get any attention from the mainstream media.