My letter published in the florence (SC) Morning news Friday...Since so many outright lies are floating around concerning health care reform, i urge others to stand up and speak out, while representing the truth...
"In a letter published in the New Wednesday, the writer states that
every poll shows that a majority of the public is opposed to a public
option, with regard to health care reform. This is not a true
statement. Many polls indicate that a majority support the public
option (CBS/NY Times, Wash Post/ABC, CBS/NY Times). However,
when the wording of the NBC/Wall St. Journal poll was changed,
eliminating the word "choice" from the question posed to respondents,
support for the public option fell below 50%. In other words, when the
wording indicates that public option will give Americans a choice between
public and private health insurance plans, Americans like this
concept. When the wording emphasizes that the public plan will be
competing with private plans, the public is much less favorable. What
this shows us is that polling numbers can be very deceptive, and it is
important to look at aggregate numbers, considering all of the major
polls, to get a clear picture of public sentiment."