Matthew Holt

Public Still Backs the Public Plan

The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that President Obama in his speech tonight will renew his support for including a public plan option in health care reform. He will also endorse an individual mandate, which could cost uncurrently uninsured families as much as $3,800 a year for health insurance.

Meanwhile, recent polling suggests the public is still in the president’s corner on the public plan. This from today’s New York Times:

After weeks filled with seemingly ominous portents for Mr. Obama’s ambitions, there is evidence that public opinion remains basically supportive of him. Despite intense controversy over the “public option,” a government-backed insurance plan that would compete with the private sector, a CBS poll at the end of August found that 60 percent of Americans still support the idea, down from 66 percent in July. And half the respondents to the poll said Mr. Obama had better ideas on health care than Republicans, down from 55 percent.

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Jerry
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The child had a chance.
Karen, you might want to check with some qualified neonatologists on that one.
Seriously.
As much as you do not want to hear it, medicine is very much indeed a numbers game.

Greta
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Greta

Like everything else, there is a massive disconnect from the left and right. The problem is the federal government overreaching into areas that it was never designed to be involved in. It was only supposed to be involved in things the states asked them to with a large majority. That is why we have the amendment process to the constitution. The beauty of this is that it takes issues like this back to the states and thus the local people. Doing this means that the states that want to live with socialist policies can continue to push ever more benefits… Read more »

MD as HELL
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MD as HELL

Of course the public wants free healthcare. They want free cheese, too.

Peter
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Peter

“Almost every country with single payer or nationalized care is raising or proposing raising co-pays and cost sharing.”
Please! Give me a system like, “almost every country with single-pay or nationalized care”.
http://healthcare.change.org/blog/view/5_questions_about_french_health_care
Click on the words in red for more background.

Rell
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Rell

Republicans in the House and Senate still trippin They authorize billions for tanks and weapons Making collateral damage the explanation For the loss of so many children Yet, access to health care can’t include a public option Can’t afford to pay for it is the reason given Even though the insurance companies agree they loss if it’s open competition They probably banking on us not to pay attention That’s why they use scare tactics and play politics with the President’s legislation We voted for change from the old status quo policies Equal pay for women and stable economy Plus, a… Read more »

Oscar Kjellberg
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Oscar Kjellberg

I’m from Sweden and I’ve just heard the speech regarding health care in USA with great interest since I’m currently taking a course in rhetoric. First I must say, WOW! He is one good public speaker! But regarding your health care, for me as a European the whole issue seems really strange. The biggest shame of your nation is your current health care system. Sick people are denied lifesaving health care on the basis of them being poor, or just since have sick before and their insurance company have dropped them. People who are hurt and sick are not just… Read more »

Nate
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Nate

Most people on this blog with a perspective from the right don’t care or support the republican plans, we favor conservative plans that as a foundation allow American’s to blow every last penny they have on healthcare no matter how futile some politician in DC thinks it is. What made America great was the opportunity we gave everyone no matter how many weeks old they were when born.

Nate
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Nate

Seeing that Democrats control the committees and only HR 3200 has made it out of committee what more can Republicans possibly have done? Republicans can’t really propose bills, their only avenue is offering up amendments. The GOP website outlines their proposals. They aren’t very good but they have been very vocal about their ideas. The problem is a bias Media will interrupt my prime time viewing any time Obama wants to take his teleprompter for a night out on the town but won’t cover Republican alternatives no matter what. “to the part of the legislation that mandates affordable universal heath… Read more »

Donald E. L. Johnson
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Search for “health care polls”, click on “news”.
NYT today, Public deeply divided on health bill:
http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/09/new-poll-shows-a-public-deeply-divided-over-health-care/

Donald E. L. Johnson
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According to the Aug. 11 Rasmussen poll, Americans don’t approve ObamaCare. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/august_2009/support_for_congressional_health_care_reform_falls_to_new_low The opening post appears to be intentionally misleading. We need links to show public support. Lede graphs: Support for Congressional Health Care Reform Falls to New Low Tuesday, August 11, 2009 Email to a Friend ShareThis Advertisement Public support for the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats has fallen to a new low as just 42% of U.S. voters now favor the plan. That’s down five points from two weeks ago and down eight points from six weeks ago. A new Rasmussen Reports… Read more »

Karen
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Gee thanks Jerry but no thanks! Distorted? You don’t know that. I know the guideline whys for govt.health care. I am not interested in numbers. The child had a chance. I was given a 20% survival chance of living 5 years. That was 40 years ago. I hope you have the wisdom and the heart to give the people you come in contact with, the best that they deserve. I know you have a difficult job but with all due respect your heart part may need a refresher.

Jerry
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Glad I followed the link in your name back to your blog, Karen.
You’re into some…interesting stuff.
I see you also linked to the distorted account of the U.K. preemie.
Give me a holler if you ever want a chance to understand the purpose of guidelines regarding treatment for premature infants (particularly those born as early as the baby in this case), as well as the data on outcomes in such cases.
Reality is much more grim than fantasy. But at least it’s reality.

MG
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MG

What is generally consist is that the general public has no clue what the hell the Obama’s health care plan includes. I follow health policy pretty closely and I couldn’t begin to tell you what all of the amendments to the Baucas bill cover. I take any poll that has a question that states “the general public supports the public option” with about as much validity as I did George Will’s idiotic statement the other week about how the Americans showing up at the Town Halls have read HR3200 and found vehemently disagreed with it. Please. When the hell do… Read more »

Harris Meyer
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Harris Meyer

Dennis, you ask what reform legislation the Republicans have proposed. You must have missed my blog post Monday on exactly that subject, analyzing the merits and flaws of two broad GOP bills. Take a look. As I argue, the reason the Republicans aren’t talking about these bills is because they involve controversial political and policy choices that could cause a lot of blowback.
https://thehealthcareblog.com/the_health_care_blog/2009/09/an-analysis-of-the-gop-plan.html#comments

Jerry
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“It’s curious that the Republicans complain…”
You’re too kind, Dennis.
And as for Max Baucus’ plan draft, this is interesting…