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US: Health Care, 2010 Congress (Marist 12/2-7)


Marist
12/2-3, 12/7/09; 1,034 adults, 3% margin of error
858 registered voters, 3.5% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Marist: 2010 Congress, Health care)

National

Obama Job Approval: Health Care
40% Approve, 53% Disapprove

Do you think a public option is a good thing or a bad thing to include in heath care reform?
58% Good thing, 27% Bad thing

If the 2010 election for congress were held today, would you support your current congress person who represents your district in Washington D.C. or would you vote for someone else?
51% Support current congressperson. 37% Vote for someone else

 

Comments
Aaron_in_TX:

Huge discrepancy between the public option numbers and topline health care numbers. Funny, since public option is the most contentious part of health care.

Democrats might have been better off simply pushing through a stand-alone public option bill.

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Field Marshal:

Aaron,

I agree, especially with the state opt out provision.

I think the overall disapproval with the bill is the cost and wish someone would ask those opposed why they oppose it.

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Xenobion:

I feel that the healtcare debate has been so polluted with details with every unpopular issue concerning it. Propaganda campaigns like Sarah Palin's "Death Panels" make accusations, ask questions later approach has scared most people. Americans were being polled at 60% in favor of Universal HC reform at the begining, but despite the plan changing over time general dissent on the issue was increased. Why is that? The plan has changed or been debated with several different provisions. With no clear plan from the get go, most Americans will not support something they don't get or get changed. The legislative process in itself is dirty. I'd say the HC debate was really a Civics 101 wakeup for most of America.

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Aaron_in_TX:

When I've talked to people about health care, they all give me different reasons why they don't like it, even the people who support it usually say this is just better than nothing, which is kind of my position. Cost is usually a pretty big factor. People think their taxes are going to go up, and they're already stressed out paying for health care. A significant minority thinks that the bill doesn't address the base costs of healthcare, or that it doesn't change the system significantly enough. People don't like having to pay 10-15% of their income for health care, and the bill does little to change that.

Of course, it would take an entire reboot of the system to change the fundamental costs. They'd have to change the way doctors, nurses are trained, pharmaceutical procedures, and so forth. Doing so is politically unfeasible. Politics is the art of the possible.

All of the people I know who have gone to med school come out of it with an enormous amount of debt, then limited earning potential during the legnthy residency period. The cost problems starts from the very beginning and is institutionalized into the system.

Another friend I have is a RN. She makes more than $50K a year and all she got is a 2 year degree. In Texas that is good money. I'm sorry, but that is way higher than a entry-level salary should be for that level of education. It's stuff like that we're paying for.

Health care is such a complex issue that I think it's impossible to find broad consensus.

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Xenobion:

I agree with everything you say :)

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