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Lunch Break: A Tale of Two Crowds

Dana Gould reports from the tea parties and the free care clinic and finds something odd: The people at the tea parties are screaming and angry and furious about bad things that aren't happening to other people in some future universe. The people lined up at 4 a.m. outside the free care clinic are resigned and polite and measured about horrible things that actually are happening. To them. Right now.

By Ezra Klein  |  August 17, 2009; 12:34 PM ET
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I guess the folks that line up at free clinics are used to poor service and taking what they are given.

Are you saying the rest of us should be, too?

Posted by: rixtex | August 17, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

@rixtex, I wonder how you came to that mean-spirited conclusion.

The point is that we wouldn't have so many people lined up at free charity clinics if our health care system isn't broken.

And somehow instead of thinking of the misfortune of the not-haves, people are screaming about some imaginary threats to their rights.

Posted by: Meg_Cat | August 17, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

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