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August 11, 2009


Progressive Review - Only 32% of voters nationwide favor a single-payer health care system where the federal government provides coverage for everyone. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% are opposed to a single-payer plan.

Fifty-two percent believe such a system would lead to a lower quality of care while 13% believe care would improve. Twenty-seven percent think that the quality of care would remain about the same.

Forty-five percent also say a single-payer system would lead to higher health care costs while 24% think lower costs would result. Nineteen percent think prices would remain about the same.

There's wide political disagreement over the single-payer issue. Sixty-two percent of Democrats favor a single-payer system, but 87% of Republicans are opposed to one. As for those not affiliated with either major party, 22% favor a single-payer approach while 63% are opposed.

As recently as March a CBS-New York Times poll found 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 paralleled a poll a year earlier that found that 64% said the federal government should guarantee health insurance for all Americans.

Since March there has been a concentrated effort by the Democratic extremist middle - led by Barack Obama - and the Republican right to undermine support for single payer as they met the demands of private insurers. It seems to have worked.


Anonymous excusememrpresidentbutyou'redickisinmyass... said...

But he's so affable, and his family is charming.

August 11, 2009 5:12 PM  
Anonymous robbie said...

Again, this is what we all expected. If some of these Republicans shouting and yelling had heard a real debate about single-payer healthcare, they might be in favor of it. The fact of the matter is, Obama made DAMN sure no one even mentioned it, as he proffered his corporate-friendly "public option".

August 11, 2009 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

It takes a fair bit of wisdom to realise that even "our" president is happy to smile and smile and be a villain.

As a people, we are just too damned indiscriminate in our good-heartedness.

August 12, 2009 5:14 AM  

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