An item in "Outliers" (May 18, p. 52) described a plan to bring actress Helen Hunt to Washington to speak on behalf of Democratic managed-care legislation. That brings to mind a similar situation several years ago, when Sally Field, who had played a farm woman in a movie role, was invited to testify on Capitol Hill because her portrayal had given her "insight" into the problems of farm women. How ridiculous! No matter how grim the situation in her movie, Field retired to her air-conditioned dressing room when the director called, "Cut!" What is the likelihood that Helen Hunt will ever experience actual stress related to the healthcare system?
If legislators won't listen to people facing real problems but will give credence to actors, that is a sad commentary on the process and lawmakers' responsiveness to their electorate.