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US: Health Care (Ipsos 11/19-22)


Ipsos / McClatchy
11/19-22/09; 1,176 adults, 2.9% margin of error
ModE: Live telephone interviews
(Ipsos release)

National

As of right now, do you favor or oppose the healthcare reform proposals presently being discussed?
34% Favor, 46% Oppose (chart)

If opposed: You said you are opposed to the healthcare reform proposals presently being discussed. Is that because...
25% You favor healthcare reform overall but think the current proposals don't go far enough to reform healthcare
66% You oppose healthcare reform overall and think the current proposals go too far in reforming healthcare

If favor: You said you are in favor of the healthcare reform proposals presently being discussed. Is that because...
78% You favor healthcare reform overall and think the current proposals go far enough to reform healthcare
10% You oppose healthcare reform overall and think the current proposals being discussed will keep healthcare reform from happening

Do you favor or oppose...

Creation of a single payer system in which the government controls the entire healthcare insurance system:
22% Favor, 72% Oppose

Creation of a public entity to directly compete with existing health insurance companies:
52% Favor, 36% Oppose

Legislation to permit the creation of insurance co-operatives NOT run by the government:
57% Favor, 31% Oppose

Specific regulations to ensure basic patients' rights, such as portability of coverage.
76% Favor, 13% Oppose

Party ID
35% Democrat, 24% Republican, 41% independent (chart)

 

Comments
Field Marshal:

Wow, only 22% favor a single payer system in this country and 66% oppose overall.

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sjt22:

Well then I guess its a good thing that the proposal on the table is not a single payer system.

In fact, the proposals actually made seem to be a lot of the things people say they DO want: a public option, patient rights, a free market insurance exchange.

Its also interesting that the deciding factor in this approve/disapprove is people who think that the watered down health care bill we are looking at doesn't go far enough. Give them a real reform bill and they numbers flip. Too bad the Democrats are too gutless to stand up to the minority party and do what they were elected to do.

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Field Marshal:

No, its not, thankfully.

I would argue that many do not want to see Medicare and Medicaid gutted in order to create such an exchange.

With the bill out of committee, they only need 5/6 of their party to vote for the bill. It has nothing to do with the minority party at this point. Its in the Dem party hands to deliver. If it were truly a good bill, they should have no problem passing it, right?

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Xenobion:

Its a controversial bill that's been overpoliticized. It took 15 years to even address healthcare again from how controversial it was the first time over.

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Thaddeus:

FM- Your right 5/6 to pass, it just those pesky votes that require 60, like closing debate, opening debate on the conference bill and closing debate in that on as well. Still in the hand of Dems (& 2 Ind) but requires 6/6.

Still funny to hear the complaint about not wanting to gut the 2 single payer government run health systems from people who hate the idea of them. Surprisingly, it never gets old.

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Bigmike:

sjt22:

Well then I guess its a good thing that the proposal on the table is not a single payer system.

Technically true today. But we all know if this is passed it will be revisited by the next congress and will eventually morph into a single payer system. I believe BO has made statements in the past favoring single payer. And with some minor revisions to the numbers this will be single payer. The Dems just can't be honest about their real goals or they lose hands down.

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Thaddeus:

Bigmike-
Very true about how the creation of federal programs only seem to grow. People love "programs" like the federal highway system, Medicare and SSI, etc. after they are created. It seems Americans love entitlements,just not having to pay for them. Two wars to keep us safe, prescription drug benefits, and my favorite nine years of "temporary" tax cuts.

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