Proponents and opponents alike of the Obama administration’s historic health care reform legislation, Americans in huge numbers are getting the scoop online. Global searches last week for terms such as ‘health care reform’, ‘health care overhaul’ and ‘Obamacare’ more than doubled that of searches for “March Madness” and Sandra Bullock’s marital woes.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google searches are about 20 times as high as their average since July 2009. Google head of political advertising, Peter Greenberger told the Journal that overall the health care debate has had the highest level of participation in political advertising that he’s seen. “Not the Iraq war, not even the 2009 presidential election had as many groups buying ads.”
This is encouraging news because despite the sometimes disappointing show of incivility and lack of tolerance, the huge interest shows Americans are engaged with the process. Turns out, the public’s appetite for ‘hard data’ on the landmark bill signed by President Obama Tuesday is paying off. The plan is gaining favor.
According to a USA Today/Gallop poll, more Americans now favor than oppose the overhaul – a notable turnaround from surveys before the vote by House Democrats on March 21 that showed a plurality against the legislation.
By 49%-40%, those polled say it was a “good thing” rather than a bad one that the bill was passed.
To be sure, the debate over health care reform is far from over. For or against the bill, there’s plenty of noise coming from both sides of the political aisle. Unfortunately a great deal of it is misinformation and deliberate disinformation.
That’s why it’s important to get the facts. It’s your body, your health, your decision. Join the millions of other Americans on Google, Yahoo and other search engines - Get the facts on health care reform!
Separate the truth from the noise!
I’ve learned one thing...people who know the least always seem to know it the loudest.
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