Monday, November 10, 2008

If It's Not Unanimous You Can't Have It

What a bizarre report from Julie Rovner on health care reform and the recent election. As everyone knows the the voters who helped elect Obama President want and expect major health care reform. Explaining the reasons why even reform (instead of complete overhaul) might not happen the way you thought it would when you cast your ballot, Rovner makes this statement:

"So obstacle one is a public that's divided between wanting more and less government involvement in in health care."

Divided? That's funny...I could have sworn there were some serious majorities out there who support government led universal health care. I did a little searching and - whew - I wasn't just hallucinating again. Let's see what some of the polls show:
  • A Kaiser Poll of October 2008 (pdf file) shows 84% believe that "Health care should be provided equally to everyone, just as public education is," 76% believe that "access to health care should be a right," and "over 6 in 10 (63%) favor the government guaranteeing health insurance for all citizens, even if it means raising taxes."
  • A Pew Research Center for the People and the Press survey from August 2008 shows "A government guarantee of universal health insurance, even if it means raising taxes, continues to attract broad support. Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63%) favor such a proposal, while 34% are opposed."
  • CNN Opinion Research Opinion poll of May 2007 (pdf) finds 64% of Americans "think the government should provide a national health insurance program for all Americans, even if this would require higher taxes."
  • A CBS/New York Times poll of March 2007 finds that "most Americans believe government can play a role in fixing the health care system. Two-thirds say the federal government should guarantee that all Americans have health insurance."
Yeah, that's real division. I mean 37% to 63% is like, wow, almost a 50-50 deadlock with just a little 13% change in each direction. Honestly, does Rovner think she can just make up any lie that fits NPR's general opposition to universal health care and pass it off as fact?

Hey Rovner - busted!

4 comments:

Rumsfeldt said...

Wow just found your site!!! I was listening to this segment on my way home from work. I was like what?

Manufacturing consent and opinion!!!

Did I miss the Walmart commercial?

Rumsfeldt said...

I googled NPR and found their number. A person answered and I asked for Ms. Rovner!! She answered!! I encouraged her to go to this site!!

Bob the Health and Health Care Advocate said...

Check this out:
Chart of Americans' Support
- Bob

Anonymous said...

Great work, but I can't handle any more of your blog for now. Normally I have 10 minutes or so between horrible/horribly-biased NPR stories. Now they're coming all at once.

NPR national is so bad.

Time to detox. This blog is great work.