Thursday, August 27, 2009

Two New Polls Show Public Option Very Popular Despite the Misinformation Campaign by Republicans and Lobbyists.

Nearly 8 in 10 Americans support a federal health insurance plan for those who can't afford or can't get private insurance. The majority of people polled — 86 percent — say insurance should be available to everyone regardless of health history. The poll was conducted over the Internet by Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates.

TPJ: A few days earlier a SurveyUSA poll found similar high numbers for health care reform:

More than three out of every four Americans feel it is important to have a "choice" between a government-run health care insurance option and private coverage, according to a public opinion poll released on Thursday. A new study by SurveyUSA puts support for a public option at a robust 77 percent, one percentage point higher than where it stood in June.

TPJ: Then there's this:

Just 34% of voters nationwide support the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats if the so-called “public option” is removed. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 57% oppose the plan if it doesn’t include a government-run health insurance plan to compete with private insurers.

TPJ: It appears that the tide has turned back in the direction of meaningful health care reform. It wouldn't surprise me to find out that the numbers are shifting in our favor again because people are finally finding out how they've been lied to by the Republicans that reform would cover abortions, illegal aliens and euthanize grandma. And that despite it being called an "option" (meaning choice) that the plan would force everyone into one, cookie-cutter plan and take away choice. All of which are untrue and have been debunked by independent sources. A funny thing happens when people realize that they've been lied to--It creates a backlash against those would would mislead. I guess these Republicans, Blue Dog Democrats and their henchmen lobbyists haven't heard of karma. It may be difficult to debate these issues on the merits but people from all persuasions don't like being lied to and that's exactly what they're realizing I bet given these fresh polls.

It'll be interesting to see what other polls will show in the coming week or so especially after the the heart-breaking death of Ted Kennedy. Maybe knowing that they let him down and didn't get something passed before his death will light a fire finally under the conservo-dems to stand with the American people and no longer with special interests. Being a student of politics, however, I remain a bit skeptical that anything emotional can move the hearts of some of these clearly corrupt politicians.

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(O)CT(O)PUS said...

Good news, those poll numbers. And it makes one wonder: Will the noisy smear campaign backfire and set GOP aspirations back even further? Let us hope because for democracy to work, it must be participatory, not obstructionist.

(O)CT(O)PUS said...

Just saw this a moment ago: Michele Bachmann heckled at town hall meeting. How gratifying!

Handsome B. Wonderful said...


Very good news and yes I do think the GOP will in the long-term be the ones who suffer most from their lies and misinformation campaign. People don't like being lied to.

I think they've over-played their hand.

Yeah Bachmann. She's one of the one's who has exploited this health care debate and spurred people to heckle and speak out of turn at them. So I guess she's getting a dose of her own medicine.

It couldn't have happened to a nicer person (insert sarcasm).

(O)CT(O)PUS said...

Forgot to mention, last week the doctor sent me the results of my IQ test.


I am soo relieved!