Sarah Palin has generated quite a following online at her Facebook page and, unlike many I’ve seen here in the ‘sphere, I applaud her continued participation. She wrote a response to the President’s speech last night and posted it on her page. The only difficulty I have with her use of that venue is that the impression among most people is that they need to have a Facebook account to even see it. I just tested this and it appears that’s untrue – you can read Palin’s page just fine without logging in to Facebook. Fair enough.
In her response, Palin points out something positive and I’d like to give her words on that a wider audience:
It was heartening to hear the President finally recognize that tort reform is an important part of any solution. But this concession shouldn’t lead us to take our eye off the ball: the Democrats’ proposals will not reduce costs, and they will not deliver better health care. It’s this kind of “healthy skepticism of government” that truly reflects a “concern and regard for the plight of others.” We can’t wait to hear the details on that; we look forward to working with you on tort reform.
Tort reform is certainly not the end-all, be-all of healthcare reform but it is most certainly a significant part. It’s a part that has been not just ignored by the President and supporters (in terms of working it into the overall plan) but the mere suggestion that it should be addressed has been vilified openly. Like Mrs. Palin, I’m glad to see that it’s finally being addressed and I’m eager to see and hear the details.