Health care law MAKING us muddle-minded

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    Sep 22, 2010 2:16 PM GMT
    Well, this isn't the first statute that's done that (the tax code does that all that time, actively making us stupid), but a better assessment would be: Voters not clear on health care bill details.
    Obama did not communicate his health bill very well and that is regrettable. I wonder what people thought initially when "Social Security" and "Medicare" were passed.


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100921/ap_on_bi_ge/us_health_care_poll
    Analysis of the findings indicated a split as far as the impact of accurate knowledge, between Democrats and independents on one side and Republicans on the other.

    Accurate knowledge of the law made no difference in overwhelming opposition from Republicans.

    Michael Cagnina, 33, a web developer from Powhatan, Va., summed it up: "It just doesn't make me feel comfortable that the government is going to give people free health care but ultimately the government's money is my money."

    However, for Democrats and independents, the more accurate knowledge people had of the bill, the more they liked it.

    "Among Democrats and independents, the lack of knowledge is suppressing public approval of the bill," said Stanford political science professor Jon Krosnick, who directed the university's participation. "Although the president and others have done a great deal to educate people about what is in this bill, the process has not been particularly successful."
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    Sep 22, 2010 3:23 PM GMT
    That may be true (Obama could be a fast reader for all we know), but I think they were trying to squeeze too many things into 1 bill.

    If they had separated out the "Patient Protection" part and "Affordable Care" part, there would not have been the confusion and the onus would have been on the Republicans not to support the first part.

    Which types of voters don't want patient protection and cost saving measures (such as improved fraud detection, implementing comparative effectiveness research and evidence based preventative services)? (Well, maybe except for those die-hard tanners who can't live in Florida)

    Prohibiting denial of coverage/claims based on pre-existing conditions by itself should have been a popular measure were it not buried under the unfortunate moniker of "Obamacare."

    He should have spent $9000 a month for an advertising agency to brand his reform better instead of letting his opponents do the naming for him.