The real news CNN missed
posted at 11:26 pm on August 5, 2009 by Patrick Ishmael
In an article featured on its home page on Wednesday, CNN reported that a full 50% of Americans supported “the president’s plans” for health care, vs. 45% who were against those “plans.” (We’re left to wonder exactly what “the plan” is.) But that’s not the only question CNN polled, nor is it the most important. That honor belongs to this question, buried down the page in CNN’s article in a passing mention and printed on the second-to-last page of the poll’s PDF summary.
If Americans’ health care and Americans’ health insurance coverage have gotten worse over the past two years — or for that matter, the past fifteen years — then someone better tell the Americans, lest they join “the mob” of Erie Canal-doubting naysayers in opposing ObamaCare. Par for the course that the radical Right would draw on the vast majority of citizens who are, and have been, satisfied with their current health care plans to stock their well-heeled, well-organized protesting crews. Just typical.
I can’t imagine where all the town hall protesters have been coming from. Other than the enduring and apparently growing supermajority of the population, of course.
Unrelated but super-duper-you-can’t-miss-this update: I have a new story up at the American Issues Project about Congressman Russ Carnahan’s latest tomfoolery and treatment of his constituents. You can also find a link to the details for tonight’s town hall, which if Carnahan’s last few events are any indicator, should be entertaining. And by entertaining, I mean maddening.