Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I Hate Polls

By Bob Daraio -Broadcast Union News

"Most Americans Remain Against Health Care Overhaul" says a recent CBS News Poll.

I hate these polls, they don't ask the right questions. If you are going to poll people about healthcare reform, I wish the pollsters would ask better questions.

I understand that many, maybe even most, people are unhappy with this legislation, but I want to know why.

CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit:
Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.

Here is what I'm very interested in knowing about people who are against the health reform bill.

How many think it doesn't do enough to move us towards universal healthcare?

How many don't think we've done enough to move the cost of healthcare off the middle class and on to the corporations and wealthy?

How many are against the bill because it disenfranchises women in terms of abortion, mammograms, and preventative care?

How many are against it because there is no public option? and finally;

How many think that leaving 22 million Americans without healthcare makes the bill ineffective?

These people are not the same as those, mostly Republicans, who oppose the bill because they are not interested in any healthcare reform, are afraid of any program that can be demonized by saying it leads us down the road to Socialism, and only care that their own personal healthcare needs have been met.

They remind me of when Ronald Reagan vetoed the Clean Water Act back in 1987. It was not that Ronnie was against clean water; it was just that he had his.

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