You can only be disillusioned if you were once illusioned

Imagine a bill granting every American a free federally delivered ice cream every Sunday morning. Provision 2: steak on Monday, also home delivered. Provision 3: A dozen red roses every Tuesday. You get the idea. Would each individual provision be popular in the polls? Of course.

However — life is a vale of howevers — suppose these provisions were bundled into a bill that also spelled out how the goodies are to be paid for and managed — say, half a trillion dollars in new taxes, half a trillion in Medicare cuts (cuts not to keep Medicare solvent but to pay for the ice cream, steak, and flowers), 118 new boards and commissions to administer the bounty-giving, and government regulation dictating, for example, how your steak was to be cooked. How do you think this would poll?

Charles Krauthammer on 0bamacare

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2 responses to “You can only be disillusioned if you were once illusioned

  1. forest

    The poll questions are also a problem. Take the “public option” question the CNN poll asked:

    “Now thinking specifically about the health insurance plans available to most Americans, would you favor or oppose creating a public health insurance option administered by the federal government that would compete with plans offered by private health insurance companies?”

    That’s not a question, it’s a talking point. “Choice and competition” sound familiar? 61% said “yes” to the question which was tailored to appeal to people who believe in free markets by including words like “compete” and “option” and “administered” instead of “run” or “owned”.

    Ask people if they would approve of a government owned and operated insurance bureaucracy into which they could be dumped by their employers and see what the results look like. Ask them if private companies can really “compete” with a government run operation that does not need to make profits, and can be subsidized by tax dollars instead. Ask if they think the same rules would apply to a government operation when the government also sets the rules and regulations.

    • forest

      And the media outlets trumpet the results of the poll as “61% favor public option” without including the actual language of the question.

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