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US: Health Care (CNN 1/8-10)


CNN / Opinion Research Corporation
1/8-10/10; 1,021 adults, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(CNN release)

National

As you may know, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed bills that would make major changes in the country's health care system. Based on what you have read or heard about those bills, do you generally favor them or generally oppose them?
40% Favor, 57% Oppose (chart)

Do you oppose those bills because you think their approach toward health
care is too liberal, or because you think they are not liberal enough?

40% Favor (from previous question
45% Oppose, too liberal
10% Oppose, not liberal enough

Now thinking specifically about the health insurance plans available to most Americans, would you favor or oppose creating a public health insurance option administered by the federal government that would compete with plans offered by private health insurance companies?
54% Favor, 46% Oppose

The two bills before Congress have different ways to pay for the costs associated with the changes they would make to the health care system. If you had to choose, would you rather see Congress pass a bill that raises taxes on high-income Americans, regardless of the kind of health insurance plan they have, or would you rather see Congress pass a bill that raises taxes on high-quality health insurance plans, regardless of the amount of money made by the people covered by those plans?
61% Raise taxes on people with high incomes
29% Raise taxes on high-quality health insurance plans

 

Comments
Field Marshal:

This shoots another hole in the "the far-left" is the reason why ObamaCare is unpopular.

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Stillow:

HCR needs to be renamed to a simple tax bill.....

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Wong:

Case in point: 50% support the bill or oppose it because it is "not liberal" enough. 45% oppose because it is too liberal.

That directly refutes you contention on the other thread, Willow. I am still laughing.

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Wong:

Sorry, .. Stillow, not Willow. Too much time in the wilds of Alaska

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Aaron_in_TX:

I was just going to point out that 40+10=50. So while liberal oppsition is not the driving force behind health care opposition, about 20% of the opposition are disaffected liberals or people who otherwise wanted a more significant change to the system.

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Farleftandproud:

The Majority of people still want health care reform. There is that 10 percent that are disappointed Obama didn't persue Single payer, as am I. Congress has dug themself into a whole and as they say in football are in the red zone. For all those football fans, it is a good defense like the Pittsburgh steelers that is currently keeping them out. The GOP wants to see a fumble.

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Pluoticus:

Wong,

Do you think there is a chance that the oppose-because-it's-too-liberal number would go up if the bill becomes more liberal? I think it would mostly, if not completely offset any gain in support from the far far left.

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Thaddeus:

To small to be a tax bill, at 2,000 pages (double spaces and with huge margins) it still doesn't come close to the 2003 tax "cuts' of around 5,000 pages.

Also, if I remember right, a couple repubs actually choose to negotiate and vote for the stimulus package, got roughly 40% of the bill to be tax cuts/incentives. Just imagine what Snowe and Collins could have gotten if they came to the table on this. Obama in his speech tossed out many of the topics repubs wanted and they even clapped. Then they said no to the process, so they got left out.

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Wong:

Pluoticus,

I believe it depends completely on what "more liberal" would mean. If it were single payer, yes, the too liberal number would increase. However, if it were the public option, I think not.

The point, however, is that those are the right are absolutely wrong to assume this HCR is as deeply unpopular as they characterize it. A great number of those who oppose the bill do so softly and that is just a part of the process. They will quickly come to support HCR after the bill passes and the benefits become apparent.

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Timmeh:

What would be interesting would be to find out exactly what part of the bill is considered "too liberal" by so many. If you watch the news and read the papers, you'd think the public option is what so many are worried about, yet a majority of Americans have consistently supported the public option since this bill was proposed.

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Pluoticus:

It is important to note, however, that the largest share of the opinion is that the bill is "too liberal", which my personal opinion is do define as too dependent on government/too expensive.

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