Vernon Lee further considers the fact that progressives have been out-storytold by the right:
How Democrats haven't figured this out is quite a mystery. From the right, we have ludicrous inventions such as the imaginary family farm that went under because of the "death tax" that nonetheless manages to eclipse the combined trillions of net worth the estate tax actually protects. We have the gruesome Terry Schiavo spectacle and not one personification of the results of 45 million Americans who have no health insurance.Spot on. How in God's name have we failed to beat the right into total submission simply by telling the stories of people suffering for lack of universal health insurance? How monumentally incompetent have we been that the most effective personification of the health care debate was made by the insurance industry in an anti-universal care ad?