September 3, 2009

A PARTY OF LAKOFF'S:

Wrong Turns: How Obama's Health-Care Push Went Astray (JONATHAN WEISMAN, NEIL KING and JANET ADAMY, 9/03/09, WSJ)

A group called the Herndon Alliance -- a coalition of liberal health-care groups, unions and patient-advocacy groups created in late 2005 -- was only a few months into its work planning a health-insurance overhaul by the time it asked focus groups what they thought of the idea of a government-run plan to compete with private ones.

The public-option was an article of faith for many in the alliance, but the focus groups' reactions were sobering. Skepticism ran high. The chief worry: Giving access to inexpensive government insurance to America's 46 million uninsured would boost costs, or reduce care, for those who were already insured.

When pollsters told the advocacy groups the public option probably wouldn't fly, they were told to paper over the problem with a better "message," according to a participant in the project.


Over the last thirty years it has become an article of faith for the Left that their relentless string of defeats must just be a product of tricky GOP language, because it obviously couldn't be a function of the American people rejecting their ideas. But the belief that their fellow citizens are so dumb that they can be manipulated by mere vocabulary inevitably tempted them to just try and put lipstick on the pig instead of adjusting to political reality.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 3, 2009 6:28 AM
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