I was going to post on this lesbian and gay health care item that's been making its way around:
Nearly one in four gay and lesbian adults lack health insurance and are nearly twice as likely as their heterosexual counterparts to have no health insurance coverage according to a new national survey released Monday.
But, well, it doesn't quite have the punch that it seems to on the surface.
I saw that headline and read the lead and thought "Wow! I need to post on that! That's about queer people not having the same access to health care as society in general, which already has very much not-universal access to health care. That's, like, what I post about all the time!" (I, in fact, use the word "like" too much when I think to myself. It's a habit I should break, but I, like, can't bring myself to do it.)
But then I noticed something:
The online survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that 22 percent of gay and lesbian survey respondents reported having no health insurance, compared to only 12 percent of heterosexual adults in the survey.
It's the exact poll whose methodology I made fun of a week ago. It's Harris Interactive, not the Harris Poll. It's a webpoll, and, frankly, they aren't accurate. Nor can its accuracy be proven (like any survey's accuracy can really be proven, I suppose...).
But I did get caught up in it when I read it, even though I had already discounted it a week before. This doesn't mean that the basic idea (LGBT people don't have the same access to health care) is incorrect - it's probably true considering that the two most common means of distributing health care benefits (job and marriage) are where LGBT people end up on the short end of the stick.
But it does go to show how easy it is to think that polling that supports what you already thought is more likely to be accepted without scrutiny, and that's, like, the real lesson for me today.