If you’re a culturally-aware sort, and over a certain age, you’ll still be able to hear Meryl Streep’s voice when I write the phrase, “A dingo ate my baby!” It comes from the story of Lindy Chamberlain, a woman in Australia who was caught up in a satanic panic, accused of engaging in a satanic ritual killing of her baby, when in fact, yes, a dingo ate her baby.
That kind of torch and pitchfork mob approach to dealing with problems is being seen again, in the Summer of 2009 Health Care Reform Scare Fest. People are making all sorts of wild accusations about health care reform, saying that making health care more accessible and affordable is going to end up killing people, and interfering with the normal relationship between a patient and his or her insurance company.
I figure, as long as we’re getting paranoid, we might as well go all the way. Thus, I’m introducing the following bumper sticker: Health Care Reform Ate My Baby!