The Health Care Horse Race



Dave Mann

Recent polls are showing Americans have their doubts about the health care reform bills under construction in Congress. (The poll numbers don’t look as bad for proponents of the reform bills as some news reports would have you believe, but that’s a story for another day.)I suspect many Americans simply don’t understand the current proposals. The folks at Politico apparently think you and I and most Americans are too stupid to understand the details of the health care debate.

(That’s no joke. The Politico reporters write: “[T]he reality is that the outcome will probably be shaped less by the intelligence of advocates on any side than by the ignorance of most Americans.”)That’s not only insulting, it’s wrong. If there’s confusion about a health care overhaul — perhaps the biggest domestic policy reform in decades — the culprits are, in large part, the reporters covering it.

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Dave Mann is a former editor of the Observer.