So just over 25% of the doctors who participated in this survey said that they would leave the state. Well, that is unless the survey is in question:
“That was a nonscientific survey,” said Dr. Deb Richter, a Vermont physician. “I happen to know that people took it who weren’t physicians who pretended they were. And there were people who took it more than once. So it’s hard to believe the results of a survey that weren’t scientifically done. So I wouldn’t make any conclusions about that.”
I’m not a doctor, I just play one when I’m filling out a survey.
Now, I am as skeptical as they come regarding single-payer health care. But would Dr. Richter be willing to name the people who she says are not doctors or may have filled out the survey more than once? Did we ask for any evidence of her claim, Anson? Because if its true that people are faking this survey then that’s pretty serious stuff and I wouldn’t want to base any of my arguments on it. On the other hand, maybe that’s just what I’m supposed to do anyway, whether this survey is legitimate or not – don’t use it in making a case against single-payer because that would hurt our goal.
I’m no expert in journalism, but reporting like this leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
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