Ask a protester: Why not reform health care?

Standing with a group of protesters outside U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s office on Friday afternoon, Matt Ullman worried that his sign — “Born free. Died waiting for health care” — sent a mixed message.

“I picked that one, and now I’m kind of wondering if it reads right,” he said.

Ullman was troubled that motorists who passed Cleaver’s office on W. 31st St. might think he wanted the federal government to take a more active role in the administration of the nation’s health care. He does not.

A recent Gallup poll indicates that most Americans want Congress to overhaul health care. The 40 or so protesters outside Cleaver’s office represented the minority opinion.

By most measures, the U.S. gets a poor return on the vast fortune we spend on health care. So why preserve the system?

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