Medicare-for-All: We’ve got the momentum (Just ask Fox & Friends)

Americans may be pre-programmed to fear the s-word, but what happens you pitch socialist ideas, like Medicare-for-All? What happens when you work hard to make the case for socialist programs? Well, sometimes even the Fox News audience gets on board. Check out this story:

When President Donald Trump’s favorite right-wing television program “Fox & Friends” launched a Twitter poll on Tuesday asking whether the benefits of Medicare for All “outweigh the costs,” they likely didn’t expect 73 percent of the nearly 32,000 respondents to answer yes—but that’s precisely what happened.

“Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare for all’ bill estimated to cost $32.6 trillion, new study says. Would the benefits outweigh the costs?” the survey asked, referencing a recent Koch Brothers-funded study that found Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) universal healthcare program would save $2 trillion over ten years—a fact that “Fox & Friends” conveniently neglected to mention in both its poll and its coverage of the new analysis.

Despite the misleading framing “Fox & Friends” deployed, the results of the unscientific survey were overwhelming.

I kind of didn’t believe this story, at first. So I went over to the Fox & Friends Twitter page and scrolled through — and lo and behold, after scrolling through tweets on how Democrats hate patriotism and how lucky America is to have Trump as President, I found it. I had to laugh. Amidst all of the right-wing, pro-Trump propaganda on the Fox & Friends Twitter page, there was this one tweet where 73% of the Fox & Friends Twitter audience overwhelmingly went to the left!

Medicare-for-All is a great plan and a political winner. It is also, perhaps, the single issue that all Democrats can and should unite together, to beat back the Trump/Republican MAGA movement.

Source: Fox & Friends Poll Designed to Discredit Medicare for All Explodes in Their Face

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

One thought on “Medicare-for-All: We’ve got the momentum (Just ask Fox & Friends)”

  1. Brother, that is interesting. Not commenting on the issue but just an alert that these types of polls are completely unreliable. I ran a marketing research operation once upon a time and my team would have laughed me out of the building if I ever suggested it.

    My thinking is win based on the case for why we should do it.

    Of course, it is fun to poke at Fox News! 🙂


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