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Posted by on Jan 10, 2008 in Health care

The Netherlands Takes Your Political Temperature

The Netherlands Takes Your Political Temperature

Making the e-mail rounds is an interesting Dutch web site, Kieskompas, which will gauge your preference for a 2008 US Presidential candidate on the basis of answers to 36 questions ranging from gun control to the war in Iraq to health care coverage. Although it appears that the weight of the answers is evenly distributed when calculating the outcome—meaning that your views on gun control count as much as your views on health care—my experience and that of others is that the analysis pretty much hits the nail on the head. (However, if you tend to be socially liberal and economically conservative, like me, you can end up in an upper-right quadrant no-man’s land, where Ron Paul [Yeesh!] is your closest match.) In any event, it’s fun to try and fun to share with friends and family, and the site also provides a breakdown of your individual answers and how they match up with those of the candidates.

 

Here are the 3 health care questions and how the candidates responded on the old Likert scale, given the assessment of the Kieskompas creators.

 

Providing health care is not the responsibility of the government.

Completely disagree

Tend to disagree

Neutral

Tend to agree

Completely agree

Clinton

Edwards

Obama

Richardson

 

Giuliani

Huckabee

McCain

Thompson

Paul

Romney

 

US law should obligate all companies to provide health care insurance for their workers.

Completely agree

Tend to agree

Neutral

Tend to disagree

Completely disagree

Edwards

Obama

Richardson

Clinton

Paul

McCain

Romney

Thompson

Giuliani

Huckabee

 

The government should provide health care coverage for the millions of uninsured Americans.

Completely agree

Tend to agree

Neutral

Tend to disagree

Completely disagree

Clinton

Obama

Richardson

Edwards

Romney

Paul

McCain

Thompson

Giuliani

Huckabee

 

This small exercise is intended to provide a segue to a series of upcoming posts here at the Pathophilia blog, which will discuss the health care positions of the individual candidates—or at least those of candidates who appear to remain viable, eg, Clinton, Giuliani, McCain, Obama. I may also toss in a post on the views of Ron Paul, just because he comes off like such an oddball.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.