Monday, August 03, 2009

Republican Rep. Peter King: Major Health Care Reform is Not a Priority for Americans.

Well, it's official--Republicans are batshit, barking at the moon insane. We knew that most Republicans on capitol hill don't want to see major health care reform. Their answer to everything is "no" but when pressed further they come up with this proposal that looks like it was written in one of those college essay exam blue books. Their plans aren't realistic--they won't bring meaningful change to health care. Their "plans" are nothing more than spitting on a fire. Now, however, we have the Republicans not just saying that major health care reform isn't a priority for themselves (despite their gold-plated, government provided health care for life) but that it's not a priority for the average, American people!!
SAM STEIN: King's polling reference was to an NBC/Wall Street Journal survey released last week that showed health care was the third highest priority for the public. Job creation was the top priority of 38 percent of the public; the deficit, 17 percent; and health care 14 percent.

Being the third highest "top priority" is hardly synonymous with being a minor issue -- certainly not when considering that when NBC/WSJ tallied the respondent's first and second priorities, health care shot up to a tie for second place, at 32 percent. Moreover, a Time Magazine poll released around the same time, found that nearly 70 percent of the public said it was very or somewhat important Congress and the President pass major health reform in the next few months.

Later in the MSNBC interview, King acknowledged that when people are asked if they want health care reform, "they will say yes." "But then what you talk about what health care means it is not what President Obama wants." Here too, however, he was off base. According to the same NBC/WSJ poll that he referenced earlier, 56 percent of respondents said they favor a health care plan along the lines of what the president supported; 38 percent opposed it.

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2 comments:

Kvatch said...

Now, however, we have the Republicans not just saying that major health care reform isn't a priority for themselves (despite their gold-plated, government provided health care for life) but that it's not a priority for the average, American people!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Hell, not only is it a priority, I may get the hell-outta Dodge over the fact that I can't get any.

Handsome B. Wonderful said...

You and me both Kvatch, you and me both. If I could find a way into a country that would take me, was industrialized and had single-payer health care I'd probably jump ship.