August 12, 2009 10:48PM

How’s My Wife? Compared to What?

The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein interviewed Nancy‐​Ann DeParle, director of the Obama administration’s Office of Health Reform. I know and like both of these people a lot. But this part of their exchange was just too much:

Q: A Rasmussen poll result said that in May, 35 percent of respondents rated the United States health care system as either good or excellent. Today, it’s 48 percent. Why are those underlying perspectives changing?

A: I have no idea. If anything, I’d expect it to be slightly worse because there’s been a lot of discussion about the need for reforms of the insurance market.

Maybe it’s because those reforms are making the status quo look better?