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The New Democrat Election Theme Starts in 5... 4... 3...

I know you read all the reports that the Dems had no theme for the upcoming mid-term elections. And from the last few weeks you might have noticed they are trying to say they could manage Iraq better... But that won't be their theme for the mid-terms.

As of 20 minutes ago, the new Democratic theme for the mid-terms was handed to them by the gallup organization:

Gallup: Worries About Health Care Now Top Issue in U.S.

NEW YORK A new Gallup Poll released Tuesday reveals that the issue cited by most Americans as the one they worry about the most is "the availability and affordability of healthcare."

A total of 68% said they worried about this a "great deal." Coming in second is the social security system at 51%. Following close behind that were "availability and affordability of energy," drug use, crime and violence--and only then "the possibility of terrorist attacks in the U.S." (at 45%).

The cheers coming from the Democrats in the Beltway could be heard 5 states away when this was released. For the first time since September 11, 2001 terrorism did not top the nation's concerns.

Considering that even 5 years later the Democrats still have no idea how to combat terrorism, they are sure to welcome a change of topic. Especially one where they think they have home field advantage.

If Bush were Clinton -which he's not- he'd make a speech on healthcare as soon as tomorrow and make another speech about healthcare everyday of his life until the gallup organization told him to do otherwise.

Instead, the Dems will coalesce around the healthcare issue like they never have before and the clueless Republicans will have no idea why.


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For the first time sinc... (Below threshold)

For the first time since September 11, 2001 terrorism did not top the nation's concerns.

Guess the libs were able to convince enough people that terrorism is no big deal.

Lack of or poor health care... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Lack of or poor health care is indeed more of a threat to most Americans than terrorism - it should be the top of the agenda for R and D.

Although this administration has tried to make Americans scared, (clearly, if you read Wizbang you'll see it has worked very well) people are more worried about their sick kids, husbands and wives than being blown up.

Poll of 1000 national 'adul... (Below threshold)
a4g:

Poll of 1000 national 'adults.' (aka 'dolts')

Not 'likely voters.'

And it's still a poll. Second only to blogging as the world's greatest time waster.

And how come the cost of boob jobs, liposuction, and laser eye surgery, mostly not covered by health insurance and subject to market forces, keeps coming down, while everything else goes up... up... up...?

May be traditionally a Dem issue, but it sure shouldn't be.

And the not so subtle linka... (Below threshold)
Imhotep:

And the not so subtle linkage with illegal immigration.....I see triangulation.

a4g's point will be lost on... (Below threshold)

a4g's point will be lost on the National Health Insurance rants that are sure to follow.

2... 1...

Moonbat health schemes make... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Moonbat health schemes make me sick.

Oliver Willis says the Dems... (Below threshold)

Oliver Willis says the Dems shouldn't fall into this trap.

Okay, I went there on a link from Expose the Left and got stuck in the wacky left mental Pr0n.

Anyway he says they shouldn't be dumb and that they need to keep on message. According to him they win on Healthcare but Irag and terrorism will be the issue for the forseeable future.
DKK

Moonbats make me sick.... (Below threshold)

Moonbats make me sick.

And, Paul, I fear that the Repubs will not do as you say (the clueless Republicans will have no idea why the Dems are gathering around the Healthcare). Instead, I believe they will be in a footrace to the first microphone tomorrow morning...

Those who resits the Pander-Urge should be noted for consideration in seven months.

Please keep the dems far aw... (Below threshold)
just me:

Please keep the dems far away from this issue. I think we are likely to see Hillary Care part II.

No thanks I would rather Teddy and the boys stay away from this one.

I wouldn't worry too much a... (Below threshold)
Toledo Steve:

I wouldn't worry too much about this poll. I suspect the methodology is flawed, as is the case with most of these "issue" polls. It's likely that the questions were skewed in such a way that the results were a foregone conclusion. Besides, these kinds of polls have had these same sorts of findings for twenty-five years or so, and it hasn't translated into very many wins for Democrats. This is the like the infamous "right-track/wrong-track" question -- it's a complete joke and never predicts any election outcome whatsoever. So relax, folks.

I bet Trial Lawyers can't w... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

I bet Trial Lawyers can't wait to sue the American Taxpayer.

Yeah, it's hard not to susp... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Yeah, it's hard not to suspect a political agenda behind the incessant National Healthcare stick we've been hit with HARD since the days of Nixon. Discount that. But the energy price spike since supposed oilman Bush has taken office, combined with the drug/crime spike resultant of W's explicit open-borders policy wherein the Mexican has replaced the Negro as the new Face of Crime, is as real as a heart attack. Hopefully the Republicrats won't lose the house because of it because the the Democans are worse. Yet, not everyone's a bush-bot (and quick to rationalize) and The Public will naturally flinch from policies that so obviously are degrading the standard of living and way of life we've come to expect as our birthright; namely, 1) that the country is broke and a debtor to nations antithetical to ours (China and Saudi Arabia and friends), and 2) that there is absolutely no plans to do anything to rectify the situation. So far we're afloat on a housing bubble that fuels the construction industry (besides toilet paper and cigarettes, one of the last American industries left on a large scale), and an Easy Credit economy, both of which (suprise!) are more and more fueled by de facto open-borders supply of CONSUMERS. Yes, these consumers are good workers too, but it's their buying power, as frugal as they are (with most of their money being transferrd out of country) that is the #1 reason that aliens are encouraged: because the creditors (merchant bankers or consumers') are THEMSELVES creditors and MUCHO dependant on each quarter's BOTTOM LINE. To whom? China! And Wizbang! what about the CHINESE-HOMELAND SECURITY AXIS OF EVIL, Bahamas Edition??? See? It could get way, WAY more uncomfortable for W if only the right questions were asked! But that's another life!=;o6

bryan,Ya had me un... (Below threshold)
Imhotep:

bryan,

Ya had me until that housing rant; it's actually the illegals building your house that is allowing it to be sold to you so cheap! Ha.
You may be missing the point here.

And how come the ... (Below threshold)
MikeB:


And how come the cost of boob jobs, liposuction, and laser eye surgery, mostly not covered by health insurance and subject to market forces, keeps coming down, while everything else goes up... up... up...?

I'm going to guess that the malpractice insurance for those niche practices isn't as bad as for something like an OBGYN.

My suspicion is that there's strong correlation between the rise in health insurance premiums and the rise in malpratice premiums, but there are likely other factors in play as well (e.g. the _perceivable_ cost flows to one entity- the employer, while the service flows to another - the employee).

- MikeB

What's the problem? We're ... (Below threshold)
LJD:

What's the problem? We're already giving FREE health care to 11 million illegals...

It doesn't really matter ho... (Below threshold)

It doesn't really matter how flawed the poll is in reality as long as it is perceived by the good men and women on the Hill as being true or accurate. They will pounce on this "statistic" like hungry dogs on fresh meat.

"it's actually the illegals... (Below threshold)
xcheck:

"it's actually the illegals building your house that is allowing it to be sold to you so cheap! Ha."

he mentions a housing bubble...and you somehow think it has something to do with cheap houses?

to paraphrase Ren - your wealth of ignorance astounds me!

jp2 wrote (March 28, 2006 0... (Below threshold)
docjim505:

jp2 wrote (March 28, 2006 07:51 PM):

Lack of or poor health care is indeed more of a threat to most Americans than terrorism - it should be the top of the agenda for R and D.

Although this administration has tried to make Americans scared, (clearly, if you read Wizbang you'll see it has worked very well) people are more worried about their sick kids, husbands and wives than being blown up.

If you ever needed a quick demonstration of why liberals can't be trusted on national security, here it is courtesy of jp2.

BTW, the administration didn't make me scared. Watching 3000 of my fellow Americans die on 9-11 did.

Yeah Mike B, Plastic Surgeo... (Below threshold)

Yeah Mike B, Plastic Surgeons get their malpractice cheap!

The true problems with our dysfunctional treatment of medical errors is that
a) when the fees get very high for the insurance, it drives people out of that specialty, decreasing availability and access to care - see what happened to delivering babies in the past 25 years.
b) the people driven out are not necessarily the ones making errors, but the ones not making enough money to cover this cost - they may be low volume due to location (not big city) or practice style (not part of a mega-system HMO/PPO).
c) the main objective of providers becomes AVOIDING SUITS, not avoiding errors. The two are not necessarily synonymous.

The major costs in health care are labor (support staff, not doctors) and pharmacy. We all know the Democratic position with labor. With the solution being offered to the high cost of drugs being more insurance, you can bet what the ol' law of supply and demand is going to do about that.

When the consumer of health care regains personal control of the money being spent, there is a chance for market correction.

Since Medicare was instituted, and a major externally funded consumer base of health care was created by government, the results are clearly what we see today. Medicaid programs, which typically pay out a smaller fraction of costs compared to Medicare due to funding limits, demonstrate what happens when the cost control attempts are made on a large rather than individual scale.

Right now the system encourages physicians who take a strong business plan to their practice and offers a smaller proportion (if any) of support to quality of care. You choose your doctor based on whether they are a "preferred provider" or not in your insurance plan first, then try to find out locally if they are respected. Their membership in a PPO or HMO may be more of a business or "political" choice rather than one based on their qualifications - competing health care entities may develop their own PPO's in an attempt to carve out patient bases from their competitors.

The insurers will counter that they screen applicants and monitor quality, but isn't that the job of the licensing authorities, hospitals and local medical society? And you can bet there is a larger effort at monitoring profitability rather than quality when you look at the resources devoted to each process within the insurance company.




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