The results are in from last night's Intelligence Squared debate on universal health coverage:
- Before the debate, 49 percent of the audience was pro-universal coverage, 24 percent anti-, and 27 percent undecided.
- After the debate, 58 percent of the audience was pro-, 34 percent anti-, and 8 percent undecided.
As many have noted, the anti- side won over more of the undecideds (10 percentage points) than did the pro- side (9 percentage points). Considering this was a crowd of mostly Manhattan denizens, I'm pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
And I'm now prepared to induct John Stossel into the Anti-Universal Coverage Club. Sally Pipes I'm still not sure about; you can judge for yourself when the IQ2 folks post the transcript of the debate here.
EDITOR'S NOTE: See clarification concerning Pipes here.