The degree to which Americans have an opinion about [health care reform] is in almost exactly inverse proportion to what they know about what it does. Since the debate over the policy first began in 2010, polling has routinely shown that asking about general ‘approval’ for the law gives a vastly different answers than if you ask about what the law does. People don’t like Obamacare and they would like very much a ban on discriminating against pre-existing conditions. Almost none of them realizes that the provision that makes such a ban on discrimination possible is the individual mandate, which conservatives have tried to make sound as frightening to their base as the idea of gay marriage was in 2004. But at least the public is honest: 52% of respondents to a Kaiser poll said they ‘do not have enough information about healthcare reform to understand how it will impact them.’
To a certain extent, all modern policy debates are about branding. From ‘Fast and Furious’ to the ‘War on Terror’, the crunchy details of governmental actions can hide if the banner they’re wrapped in is colorful enough, especially if those colors are red, white, and blue… [Read more]
- Grit my teeth and stay at this job another year. Try to improve my portfolio and professional web presence (i.e. make sure this Tumblr stays buried in the bowels of teh interwebz FOREVA)
- Go to grad school? Move to New York? Spend all the money I saved working at this job? Become wildly successful? Heh.
- Get married?
- Find a job I actually like, preferably in a foreign country
- Move there with Alex
- Have babies?!