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Poll: Public Option favored by 65% of Americans
September 26, 2009, 12:09 am
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A New York Times/CBS poll found that 65% of respondents want a public health care option, while only 26% opposed such a plan.

However, respondents said that President Obama had not been clear on health care reform. Fifty-five percent said he had not explained his plan clearly, and many felt under-informed about the policies under discussion.

The Senate Finance Committee will vote on a government-run health insurance option Tuesday.

“We’re going to have a full blown debate in the Finance Committee,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), a backer of the public option. While it may be an “underdog,” Schumer said, “don’t count it out.”

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/25/poll-public-option-favore_n_299669.html

For all of the hoopla the Conservatives have been putting out there,  its rewarding to know that a good majority of Americans favor a public option.  I wonder if all Americans were polled, and educated beforehand about all of the possibilities, what percentage would go for a single payer health plan, similar to medicare for all.  I bet it would be a majority too.  It would be easier to get everyone on a medicare-type plan than it would be to reform and have a public option.  We would just expand medicare to 50 year olds, then 40 year olds, on down, while keeping all children on a CHIP (similar to Colorado Health insurance Program).




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