I don’t think much of the idea that “framing” is everything in politics, but there’s no doubt that labels matter. Recently I speculated that the “public option” would be less controversial if it were tied to the popular Medicare program, which is, after all, a government-run health-insurance plan.
What I didn’t know was that CBS News has been polling on that question. Latest results (courtesy of TPM):
Would you favor or oppose the government offering everyone a government administered health insurance plan – something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get – that would compete with private health insurance plans?
Why the folks who really want the public option aren’t referring to it as “Medicare for everyone” is a puzzle. They ought to drop the phrase “public option” as quickly as the Republicans dropped “nuclear option” and “Social Security privatization.”