nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Survey: Half The Country Thinks Health Care Reform Was Repealed

It's enough to make you wonder whether democracy can work.

The news headline at the Wall Street Journal health blog (Feb 24) actually did say "almost half" think the law was repealed, but here's the real quotation:
"Previous polls by the Kaiser Family Foundation have consistently demonstrated that the country is deeply divided on the health-care overhaul law. But according to the group’s latest poll, almost half of those surveyed either believed the health law had been outright repealed (22%) or didn’t know enough to answer one way or the other (26%)."
One in four think it was repealed.  Amazing.

If you're interested in more on whether it's possible for a representative democracy to make good decisions, I recommend The Myth of the Rational Voter, by Bryan Caplan.  It's a semi-academic book, but there's a short, article-length version here.

In Caplan's view democracies make bad decisions because voters don't vote from knowledge of the issue.  Clearly if one fourth of us think the law was repealed, he's on to something.

Doc D

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