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Beware of Kaiser Family Foundation’s poll on health care ‘reform’

Liberals are touting a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation that shows 57% of its respondents believe “It is more important than ever to take on health care reform now.” 39% believe “We cannot afford to take on health care reform now.”

As previously noted, the Rasmussen Report shows that 56% of voters oppose the health plans going through Congress and 41% support.

Beware of the Kaiser poll. While the poll results look


very professional, Kaiser’s poll is flawed for several reasons.

First, Kaiser is a health care reform advocate and has long over hyped the problems of the uninsured. Universal health insurance has been its mission for years, stated and implied.

Second, it asked about health care reform. The debate always has been about health insurance “reform”.

Third, when Kaiser asks about “reform”, it implies that reform is good, that it will improve things. That’s what “reform” means.

But 56% of American voters, according to Rasmussen, don’t necessarily think “reform” as proposed by President Obama and Congressional Democrats would be good for consumers, taxpayers or patients. I certainly don’t.

Also, Kaiser apparently polled people regardless of whether they are voters, legal residents of the country or citizens.

Kaiser Family Foundation publishes a lot of interesting health industry surveys and position papers, but they all have to be taken with a grain of salt, because they all reflect the left wing views of the people who run and work at the foundation.

Rasmussen has more credibility with me because his reputation depends on the credibility of his surveys. They have to be trusted.

Kaiser’s in the health policy advocacy business. It’s polls always are interesting, and they’re always biased. They are not Kaiser’s primary business or mission. For Kaiser, polls are a communications tool that helps the Foundation promote its public policy positions, which are for universal, government-run health insurance. That, at least, is my perception of the organization after reading its stuff for almost 20 years.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 09/29/2009 at 11:35 AM

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