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February 2, 2009


A new CBS-NY Times poll finds that 59% of Americans answer yes to the question: "Should the government in Washington provide national health insurance, or is this something that should be left only to private enterprise?" This parallels a poll last year that found that 64% said the federal government should guarantee health insurance for all Americans. Among those who have otherwise voted no on this issue: President Obama and Congress, who remained beholden to the health insurance industry.


Blogger larry rogers said...

Perhaps the reason the poll numbers have dropped is that since the election some people believe that President Obama will be able to magically fix the health care crisis without instituting a federal single payer program. The truth is, there is no way that relying on the private sector will ever work. America needs to wake up and demand that congress and the president do the right thing. I, for one, would be willing to pay higher taxes to fix what I consider to be our biggest problem. How much better off would the "Big 3" auto makers be if they didn't have the burden of health care on their backs?

February 3, 2009 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A federal single payer program would not make the "Big 3" better off as much as it would force upon the nation as a whole the very problems that have caused the "Big 3" to struggle.

February 14, 2009 11:59 AM  

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