Emotion Trumps Facts

by Patrick Appel

It looks like end of life counseling is being dropped from the Senate Finance Committee's version of the health care bill. Marc's reaction:

[F]or those Democrats and liberals who'll be angry about this: the response to Palin's remarks about "death panels" as well as to Sen. Chuck Grassley's repetition of the idea was swift and fairly unequivocal: it's not as if the pro-reform side didn't quickly rebut the issue with better facts. My sense is that fear-based emotional appeals set in more quickly than reason-based emotional appeals -- always have.