Heated partisan debate over President Obama's health care plan, erupting at town hall meetings and in the blogosphere, has more to do with our illogical thought processes than reality, sociologists are finding.
The problem: People on both sides of the political aisle often work backward from a firm conclusion to find supporting facts, rather than letting evidence inform their views.
The result: A survey out this week finds voters split strongly along party lines regarding their beliefs about key parts of the plan. Example: About 91 percent of Republicans think the proposal would increase wait times for surgeries and other health services, while only 37 percent of Democrats think so.
A totally rational person would lay out - and evaluate objectively - the pros and cons of a health care overhaul before choosing to support or oppose a plan. But we humans are not so rational
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Answer by Anonymous at 10:23 AM on Aug. 26, 2009
I am thinking about it rationally and I know that requiring those that earn the least to BUY insurance or face penalty will not work in favor or the people. They still have not released estimates on how much it will cost every family to provide themselves with the public option, should their employer decide to drop coverage and force their employees on the the government option (a better term for it would be 'only option').
I am going to my Congressman's town hall meeting tonight to hear him out and find out what is being chatted up in DC. But FYI, he is a republican so I am sure you will think anything he has to say will be filled with rhetoric. I don't buy the hype on either side, I think the truth is somewhere in between. I don't support it because I don't want government in the final product of health care. Plain and simple.
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Answer by lovinangels at 11:00 AM on Aug. 26, 2009
Ok...say the bill gets passed tomorrow and EVERYONE in the country now has access to HC. Immediately. Even if it takes a few months...... The number of Dr's and hospitals is going to stay the same for a while. There are going to be many people who are going to flood the system with minor aches and pains and sore throats ands sniffles. How could wait times NOT become longer?
I am for everyone having access to affordable HC but I think they should have to shoulder responsibility for it. I realize that all the libs think us that oppose it are just stupid and ignorant but I KNOW there is no money for this and KNOW that a public option or whatever you want to call it doesn't fix the fundamental problems with the COST of HC.
Answer by momof030404 at 11:01 AM on Aug. 26, 2009