Contrary To Right-Wing Claims, Americans Want Health Care Reform

Posted by | December 17, 2009 11:03 | Filed under: Top Stories

One of the drumbeats by the right is that reforming health care goes against the will of the American people. Besides the fact that a Democratic president and an overwhelmingly Democratic Congress were elected to make this kind of reform, many polls show that Americans do want specific changes.  Yes, it’s true that a new NBC/WSJ poll indicates a turning away from reform, with just 32% saying it’s a good idea, but a series of other polls show otherwise, when Americans are asked about specific changes that could be enacted.

CBS News/New York Times poll: 59 percent favor “the government offering some people who are uninsured the choice of a government administered health insurance plan.”


CNN/Opinion Research poll: 53 percent support “creating a public health insurance option.”


Quinnipiac University poll: 56 percent support “giving people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan.”


Wash. Post/ABC poll: 63 percent support “expand[ing] Medicare to cover people between the ages of 55 and 64 who do not have health insurance.”


Kaiser Family Foundation: Polling shows “consistent support for expanding Medicare.”

It all depends how the question is phrased. The general: “Do you support the way (name your poison: Obama, Senate, House) is conducting health care reform,” the answer is almost always negative.  However, when it comes down to specific reforms, poll and after poll shows that is what Americans want.

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By: Alan

Alan Colmes is the publisher of Liberaland.

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