Death Panels And Other Myths

Nyhanhealth-thumbThe Monkey Cage discusses a new paper by Brendan Nyhan. Nyhan finds that Republicans are more likely than Independents or Democrats to believe certain healthcare myths, including the belief that Obama will impose "death panels." Granny's chemo is going to cost too much too much. It's time to put her to sleep.

Oddly, more educated Republicans are more likely to believe these myths than less educated Republicans. Why? Is this the Fox News effect?

3 thoughts on “Death Panels And Other Myths

  1. Oddly, more educated Republicans are more likely to believe these myths than less educated Republicans. Why?
    My guess: they believe it is impossible to significantly increase the number of covered people without either much greater tax increases than planned or much tighter controls on usage than what was mentioned. Not that “Death Panel” is a fair way to describe the later and not that plenty of treatments are not denied under existing insurance arrangements, but I don’t think most of the educated supporters of HCR actually believe the numbers as presented. And, of course, the way the bill was pushed so hard before the full details were available did not help.

  2. I do think it’s true that a certain type of patient, the one who’s used to basically demanding whatever expensive treatment they read about in the New York Times, will get more pushback in the future than they have. The days of shopping around until you find a physician who will always prescribe what you want — those days are coming to an end, for better or worse.

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