THE AMERICAN JOURNAL

FACT CHECK: Misshapen polls and dubious stats

WASHINGTON (AP) – Beware of a politician quoting poll numbers.That was one lesson from the White House health policy conference Thursday as lawmakers in both parties cherry-picked survey results, ignored contrary findings and presented public opinion, which is highly nuanced on these questions, as a slam-dunk.

Claims, counterclaims and statistics flew through the room in the daylong talkfest by President Barack Obama and lawmakers from both parties. Some didn’t hold up to the facts. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada suggested his party hasn’t been preparing to do an end-run around the normal legislative process to pass a health care bill, when in reality this option is very much in play. Obama squabbled with a Republican senator over what his initiative might do to health premiums, and had a superior command of the facts

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February 25, 2010 - Posted by | 398 | ,

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