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POLITICS: Another Zogby poll that’s wrong (but understandably so)

Americans have been lying to pollsters for years, and here’s another example

Question: The candidates for president have each proposed changes to the healthcare system in America. Generally speaking, on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being not at all well, and 5 being very well, how well do you understand the details and differences of the various healthcare proposals put forth by the current presidential candidates?

1. Not at all well: 34%2. Not very well: 21%3. Neutral: 25%4. Well: 13%5. Very well: 6%6. Not sure: 1%

So discounting for the bullshit inflation factor of about 75% that means less than 5% of Americans understand all the candidates proposals—and not that many people read Bob L’s blog. And no I don’t count myself in that 5%. I have no idea what Romney’s health care plan is, ditto most of the rest of the Republicans other than Giuliani’s and he’s probably off back to fake homeland security consulting after Tuesday in Florida. And the Democrats can’t really make their minds up either. On the other hand I’m not sure I count the candidates in that 5% either!

The poll is from a website called PresidentialRx from a group at Vanderbilt Univ with a bunch of middle of the road healthcare worthies on board attempting to explain the health care policies of the candidates to the unwashed masses. There’s another one from HealthCentral run by our bud Craig Stoltz which we featured on THCB the other day which has really cool graphics. (And Susan Blumenthal has done yeoman’s work getting all the details down on her HuffPo blog)

But don’t forget kids, chances of anything actually happening in the next Administration that resembles anything much of the actual plans of any candidate as now described? — low

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The goal of a Presidential candidate’s healthcare positioning is to not piss off their base (WSJ editorial staff for Republicans, Families USA for Democrats) without awakening the wrath of the $2.3 trillion industry itself. What you really don’t know (and won’t learn during a Presidential campaign) is how much of their limited stock of political capital they are willing to expend to expand access and/or rein in cost- both are very expensive, and the political ROI is probably negative. Bungling a major reform thirteen years ago cost the Clintons control of Congress. High risk/high cost of failure/uncertain reward. A “smart”… Read more »

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Understand the plans? Well, first they need to provide some plans for us to understand. Only the three top Democrats have “plans.” You can take apart the big documents of Obama, Edwards, and Clinton and get a pretty good idea what is going on and how it all fits together. (Messily. In fact, so messily that I wonder why they published them). GOP side- what plans? Thompson has a paragraph, McCain has a wish list, Romney has a bunch of quotes from which you can infer that the Governor of MA was some other guy with the same name etc.… Read more »

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Well I think healthcare is off the table now anyway. It’ll be Economy, Economy, Economy. Of course if a lot of people loose jobs AND their healthcare then maybe it might be on the table again, but not in a major way in the campaign. People knowing the details would be nice but I think they’re so tired of political promises gone wrong that they say, sure that’s nice, but what will we ACTUALLY get, and after we get it how will it operate. That’s a long and winding road with many lobbists there to highjack a solution and keep… Read more »

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The only thing “people” know is that Hillary is for single-payer, socialized medicine. Which she’s not.