Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Jerry Moran trots out unreliable poll during health-care scrum

Posted By on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge Jerry Moran: Obamacare will chase your M.D. into a new field.
  • Jerry Moran: Obamacare will chase your M.D. into a new field.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran of Kansas reached into his bag of misinformation during the 11th hour of the health-care debate.

On Saturday Moran posted this message on his Facebook page:

An astonishing 46% of primary care physicians say they would leave the field of medicine if the Democrats' plan becomes law.
The source of Moran's "astonishing" data is presumably a poll sponsored by Investor's Business Daily, the source of a pre-2008 election poll indicating that John McCain was poised to capture 74 percent of votes cast by 18- to 24-year-olds.

Conducted late last summer, the poll purporting to show panic among M.D.s was ridiculed upon its publication. Calling Investor's Business Daily's polling operation biased and inept, Five Thirty Eight came up with five reasons why the poll of physicians should not be trusted.

Alas, Moran has shown that he can't resist disseminating polls that square with GOP talking points he receives from John Boehner's Tanning Salon & Smoker's Emporium.

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