The battle in Washington to stop Planned Parenthood from using public funds is heating up. Yesterday, even Democratic Senator Joe Manchin came out in favor of defunding the organization on the heels of undercover videos showing the organization selling fetal body parts, possibly in violation of the law.
Well, Planned Parenthood is fighting back by using a very deceptive talking point:
Cutting millions off from health care because you're opposed to 3% of PP's services is hardly supporting women. #StandwithPP#S1881
Planned Parenthood has long claimed that only 3 percent of their services are abortion. But this statistic is incredibly misleading. Students for Life has put together a good video explainer -- using figures from Planned Parenthood's own annual report -- on why counting abortions as a percentage of total services is deliberately misleading:
If you don't want to take Students for Life's word for it, know that the editorial board at USA Today has concluded the statistic is so misleading they refuse to use it:
@Heminator@USATopinion editorial refused to use it. More accurate to say 12% from using number of abortions and number of actual patients
While the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report released this morning showed unemployment unchanged at 7.6 percent, the broadest measure of unemployment, the U-6 rate (seasonally adjusted), jumped to its highest level since February 2013, from 13.8 percent to 14.3 percent.
Increasingly, pundits are incorporating statistical models into their analysis of the 2012 election. While I was once a purveyor of such predictive models, I really am not anymore. I don't want to bore you with all the wonky details of my flip-flop, but I do want to give you an example of why you should feel comfortable evaluating these models yourselves, based on common sense.
If I were smarter than I am I might be able to argue myself into believing that there’s hope for the Washington Nationals. If I were more realistic than I am I would define “hope” downward to mean merely the possibility, however remote, that the team could win almost as many games as they lose this year. But I’m dumb and unrealistic enough to know this is a foolish fantasy: The Nats are cellar dwellers, doomed to defeat, this year and probably next.
How many people die from lack of insurance? That's the question that TheAtlantic's Megan McArdle tackled in her column this month. It's a more difficult question to answer than you might think: Though the left is fond of claiming that hundreds of thousands of people will be left to die like dogs on the street if we don't grant them health care coverage, the truth of the matter is still under debate.