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House Democrats' Health Plan Contains Words of Coercion -- Not Choice -- Text Analysis Shows
Date:7/22/2009

while the words "benefit" and "benefits" appear 375 times, "choice" and "options" appear just 85 times combined. Even "marketplace" -- a term that the President has used to describe the so-called public option -- appears just 3 times, as does the term "competition." The word "freedom" is nowhere to be found.
  • Variants of the words "require," "limit," and "must" appeared a total of 708 times. Terms describing the consequences of failing to abide by the bill -- "penalty," "enforce," and "sanction" -- showed up in 225 places.
  • Dircksen consulted grammatical resources to construct a list of terms that most closely reflected the principles of consumer choice and patient-centered care proponents of the health care plan stressed, along with their opposites. He also sought terms that would reflect who would have a role in the health care decision-making process. Dircksen then searched the bill's text for these words.

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