Oct 22, 2009

A bogus agenda-driven Public Option poll

A National Review report deals with a Washington Post poll asking respondents about the “public option” as it pertains to ObamaCare.

The Washington Post poll is the latest example of a "public poll" in the past 2–3 weeks that curiously shows a growing number of Americans supportive of the "public option." AP and Gallup were others. This is agenda-driven polling.

The fact is: Asking an ignorant public about the "public option" is incomplete polling. It calls for a response to feel-good phraseology rather than a probing of underlying ideology. "Public option" in health care is not so different from "campaign-finance reform," "Violence against Women's Act," "revenue enhancements," and such.

The “public option” is a health insurance plan offered by the federal government.

The main argument against government health insurance is the potential for Post Office type inefficiency in a federal plan. Also, it will be intentionally offered at a price just low enough so private insurance would not be able to compete.

Once the public option is in place it won’t be very long until all health care insurance is run by the government as in countries with complete socialized medicine.

Ask 20 people on the street what the public option is and you will be lucky to find more than one or two with a grasp of what you are asking. Consequently, it is easy for agenda-driven polling to come up with the results they want.

For now at least, the public option appears to be dead.

The report continues:

The bogusness of these polls is also proved by President Obama himself, who is lukewarm on the inclusion of the public option and has suggested they would move forward with or without it. He must realize that good polling shows no such clamor for a public option.

The great news there, of course, is the fire he faces from the Left (unions, Congressional Black Caucus) on this if public option is excluded or severely diluted.