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Public opinion on health care reform not as clear or as clean as either side claims

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on March 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm with 3 Comments »
March 24, 2010 6:14 pm

Here are a pair of articles that look at the conflicting polling on health care reform. It’s an important topic right now because both opponents and backers of the federal law claim they are on the side of the public.

But as with all polls, especially issue polls, the magic is in how the questions are asked and what information the respondent has.

The first article is from Pollster.com and was written by Mark Blumenthal.

The second article is at ABCnews.com and was written by its director of polling Gary Langer.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. Well, TNT is not helping to clear up anything related to Obama Health Care Reform legislation. Instead writing about polls absent public understanding what benefit at what cost to the wage earning ‘Taxpayers’ tomorrow just for their health care.

    Seems-to-me prior to writing articles about polls; first describe in detail what the content of this health care reform legislative documents contains. Kind-of-like a brief summary of what each section of this legislation means—who benefits, who does not, cost the federal government how much money, and cost wage-earning ‘Taxpayers’ how much money for each section?

    Maybe SBSNews, Political Hot Sheet, Health Care Reform Bill Summary: A Look At What’s in the Bill, 21 Mar 2010, might just help a bit related to bill information prior to any TNT opinion polling results presentation.

  2. Peter Callaghan says:


    That would be a fair comment if this blog post was the only thing we’ve published on the topic. That is not the case. We have published many articles that try to explain what was in various versions of the bill, including the final version.

    Political Buzz is a blog devoted to politics. It is not the place where all news on all topics appears.

  3. LeavingSoon says:

    One thing is clear, the insurance companies are still calling the shots.

    The health care authority sought out support from insurers for their new non-sub program which goes against most of the new laws in the health care reform bill.

    The health care authority put out a RFP and didn’t get one bid. Now they are asking insurers how to draft a new RFP that the insurers will bid on.

    Who do you think are calling the shots when the health care authority is bending over backwards for the insurance companies?

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