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Health care part of freedom

Best-selling author Thomas Frank — who was in Wichita this week to publicize his book "The Wrecking Crew" — told The Eagle editorial board that he was fascinated and frustrated by the August town hall meetings. He thought that despite their incivility, some of the protesters asked good questions about freedom and personal responsibility. But he thought Democratic members of Congress dropped the ball in answering those questions. "It was embarrassing," he said. Frank argued, as he did in his Wall Street Journal column this week, that freedom is greater than the absence of government, as many protesters define it — it also should include a minimal standard of living. And he considers health care to be a shared public good.