Leaving Out the Good Stuff

Here’s an AP article which purports to show that the American public really, really wants the bill that the Senate is trying hard to pass on health care. I’ve heard it quoted on several radio news segments and now read it via multiple online news outlets:

According to an average of monthly polls conducted since April, 82 percent said a health care overhaul is important for recharging the economy. The November reading counts 77 percent of the more than 500 responders agreeing with the connection.

Now, how does one get from people saying an overhaul of the health care system is important for the economy to saying that all of these folks are backing a particular approach to the overhaul? Pretty simple, one simply doesn’t admit that any other approach is even worthy of consideration. The article does not even bring up other options, but instead says that people are interested in their own situations more than what is happening in DC. Right. Exactly. It seems to me that whoever wrote this piece is flipping effect (political goings on in DC) with cause (people being individually concerned with their own health care situations). It is the people who are causing the powers that be to go on the defensive with this bill and the corresponding one in the House.

For the record, I also agree that an overhaul would be important for the economy. Among other things, allow me to get insurance via my employer (or any other organization/group/non-group with which I wish to be joined). Let me buy insurance from vendors regardless of what state I and they may live in. Allow me to know that doctors, despite screw-ups, will not be paying me crazy money in the malpractice lottery. These are a few of the ways which a true reform of the system would benefit my personal economy–and the economies of many millions of my fellow Americans.


Just so you can see that I’m not simply blowing smoke, here is Rasmussen and the latest numbers on such such questions as “would passing nothing be better than this bill?” and “are you for or against this bill?” Here’s a key piece:

Among senior citizens, the group most likely to use the health care system, just 33% are in favor while 60% are opposed. Most adults under 30 favor the plan, but majorities of every other age group take the opposite view.

The intensity remains with those who oppose the legislation. Just 19% Strongly Favor the plan while 45% are Strongly Opposed.