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US: Health Care (Harris 7/9-13)


Harris
7/9-13/09; 2,276 adults
Mode: Internet

(Harris release)

National

How much do you support or oppose the proposal now being discussed to set up a public, or government-sponsored, health plan somewhat like Medicare that would compete with private health insurance plans and sell health insurance to employers and individuals who choose it?"

52% Support, 30% Oppose

 

Comments
Field Marshal:

Garbage internet poll.

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IdahoMulato:

So many Americans are very uneducated about healthcare issues. How can people think medicare is not government run program. It's absurd. I think if it's true, then there's a problem with our high school education system. I think this pollster recognized that fact after what Prez Obama opined yesterday at the AARP Tele-Town Hall meeting by wording the poll question to include medicare and the numbers are here to show. Afterall, people think medicare works perfectly.

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Stillow:

@IdahoMulato

You are probably the most ignorant liberal on this site. I laughed out loud when you said maybe theres a problem with our high school education system...................gee ya think? The whole education system is a joke and its run, by yes, liberals....and g'ment.

Maybe hte education system isn't working....you are classic man!!! You are by far my favorite liberal on this site........

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Jase:

Gee, Stillow, speaking of poor education, your spelling could use some help...

The fact is, I intern at a representative's office and I've gotten numerous calls of people saying things like "I don't want the government having anything to do with my health care, especially if it messes with the medicare that I'm on!"

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Stillow:

@Jase
I'm a perfect speller, a poor typist...mostly due to a right hand injry sustained in Kuwait when I was stationed there.......

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IdahoMulato:

Stillow
What makes me ignorant? Education system in the red states especially Texas are the worst.

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Stillow:

Your ignorant based on that very comment. You look at everything red vs blue, when its g'ment that is the problem. Education in all states is pathetic except for some private schools. Your precious g'ment has dumbed down hte people thru poor education.

And you don't understand the debate on health care reform...........and I still don't think you know what a blue dog is.

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IdahoMulato:

Stillow
I don't care whether they're blue dogs or red dogs or whatever.
This is what I know. Prez Obama's goals for the healthcare overhaul are based on 3 main important thrusts (1) spread health coverage to millions (between 45 - 50 million) who now lack it; (2) slow the skyrocketing growth in health care costs and (3) a ban on insurance company denials of coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

The first goal can be achieved by helping lower-income families afford insurance --This can be achieved by employer-sponsored insurance -- a requirement that big businesses offer insurance to their workers or the govermnet may provide subsidies to low-income families to afford insurance. In this case, employers would have a choice between offering coverage or paying a portion of any government subsidy that non-insured employees would receive.
The second goal can be achieved by competition lacking in the market currently. The plan that most people support is the government insurance option -- a provision in which the government would sell insurance in competition with private industry. Any attempt to water-down this option or remove this provision will be a disaster.
The third goal is self-explanatory and should be non-negotiable.
It's regretable that the dems have allow the repubs to be lieing about reforms still born. As somebody said elsewhere "The Repubs are masters of noisy catchphrases over policy, and that is what so many people end up hearing: "worried about all the spending" "governmnent control of healthcare" - it is always the distorted Republican talking-points that the media and wider public pick up on. Because, however false or shallow or dishonest, their catchphrases stir the emotions (not the head) and are easy to remember. There is a gut reaction. The news networks can pick the soundbites up. Yes, the GOP appeals to the lowest basest emotions, but their strategy has worked time and again." That's why it's important that the Dems settle on a "plan" for marketer-in-chief Obama to sell it to the public.
Many are suggesting Obama and his white house aides should have written the bill and present to congress for debates and vote. However, he has learnt a big lesson from what happened to Clinton in 1993 and would not like to repeat that mistake. It's heart warming to learn today of progress being made. What Obama needs to do is to use the LBJ playbook he used to get the civil rights bill passed through arm-twisting of congress. This may be done individually especially the so-called blue dogs.

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