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US: Health Care (Rasmussen 10/30-31)


Rasmussen
10/30-31/09; 1,000 likely voters, 3% margin of error
Mode: Automated phone
(Rasmussen release)

National

Generally speaking, do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and the congressional Democrats?
42% Favor, 54% Oppose (chart)

If the health care reform plan passes, will the quality of health care get better, worse, or stay about the same?
27% Better, 52% Worse, 15% Same

If the health care reform plan passes, will the cost of health care go up, go down, or stay about the same?
55% Up, 23% Down, 17% Same

 

Comments
Farleftandproud:

This polls and those like it are pointless to me. Health care reform in America is so hard to come by. OUr nation is dominated by greedy, capitalistic and self serving interests. We have worked way too hard to get this reform passed. If it costs us some seats in 2010 so be it. Medicare was contreversial in 1965 and Democrats did lose seats, but in the end Medicare has worked well. We need a system like that for everyone. Dems could pay a price in some districts in 2010 but it is better to lose after changing the face of American history than for some corporate/blue dog dems to cave in to the special interests. Better to lose an election than to continue to lose 40,000 people a year who die because of no health care.

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Bigmike:

Us greedy, capitalistic, and self serving types pay the bills for your lib programs. Did you libs ever hear the story about killing the goose that lays the golden eggs? I know you guys flunked Econ 101, but kindergarten too?

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RAG2:

I notice that the poll only asks people what they think about the quality and cost of health care, not what they think about the primary provisions of the health care reforms being proposed. Most other polls also show most Americans fearing a rise in costs and decline in quality; however, they also show large majorities favoring cummunity rating (requiring insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions, and at the same rate as everybody else), subsidies for low- and middle-income families, individual/employer mandates, a public option, and even a surtax on millionaires. They also show most Americans believing that fundamental reform is necessary and cannot wait. All in all, they show Americans having very serious reservations about reform, but believing the need and benefits of it outweighing them. Interesting, though, the Rasmussen focused only on the issues likely to illicit a negative response!

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RAG2:

@ Bigmike:

How do you know if we flunked Econ 101? Did you attend the same college? By the way, I easily passed both macro-economics and micro-economics courses. Not all competent, intelligent economist are free-market fundamentalists. In any case, capitalism is like anything else: Taken in moderation, it's a good thing; taken to extremes, it's bad.

Even Adam Smith, the INVENTOR of capitalism, saw a role for government: 1) to help those unable, through no fault of their to adequately contribute to the market to obtain the necessities of a decent life, 2) to provide vital services--building roads & bridges, national defense, education--that the private sector wouldn't or couldn't reliably provide for lack of resources or lack of profit, 3) to moderate the ups and downs of the marketplace in order to ensure some stability. Adam Smith even favored progressive taxation--where wealthier people are taxed at higher rates than the not-so-well-off.

The point is, although Adam Smith believed that self-interest, when coupled with interdependency and specialization of talent, would generally lead to a more altruistic society, he recognized the limits of the "invisible hand". He called for a very limited role for government compared to what currently existed in most countries--state-run ecnomies--but a role nevertheless. He would NOT have supported the "social Darwinism" of Gilded-Age robber-barons and modern-day movement conservatives, with their conviction that people have different economic positions because that's what they "deserve", and that government, therefore, has no place in trying to alleviation inequality--as evidenced by his support for progressive taxation.

It's seems like YOU might have flunked Econ 101, BigMike, or at least failed to grasp the full lessons of capitalism: namely, that it does not call for a zero role for government since there are limits to which the profit motive can achieve social good. And health care is one of those areas where there at least have to be stringent rules from the government to ensure that money-making doesn't come at the expense of the public's well-being.

Health care is a RIGHT, not a privelege, and health insurance is a SERVICE, not a money pot.

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Farleftandproud:

Harry Reid is a real Pussy if he can't get enough Democrats to sign a health bill. Since when did blue dog democrats have problems with spending. They spent money on energy bill, the Iraq war and lots of other pork projects, and the one thing that spending money could actually save lives, they drag their feat. This is not acceptable.

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Farleftandproud:

To answer Big Mike's question I think both parties have levels of greed. I don't just think the GOP is guilty of it, John Corzine bought the election in NJ and lost. I think all but a few politicians are not consumed by the big partisan machines. Spending on many of the pork projects both partys spend is pathetic, yet as a moral obligation it is not right that 50 million Americans are allowed to be uninsured and those who are insured are paying 5 times more than they could if there was regulation in the insurance industry.

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