We know numbers can be numbing. Take the number 4,000. That is roughly how many are estimated to have died last year from drug overdoses in my home state of Ohio. That’s 60 percent of American deaths in all the years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Or half a million, the tally of overdoses nationwide from opioids and other drugs since 2000 — more than the number of Americans killed in World War II. As the totals grow, so does the numbness.
Must be numbers day. This is E. J. Dionne with 3 (potentially 4) big lies from the Senate on healthcare.
Lie One: Democrats and progressives are unwilling to work with Republicans and conservatives on this issue.
Lie Two: This bill is primarily about improving health care for American families.
Lie Three: The Senate bill is a “compromise.
It'd be laughable if it wasn't so serious.