Stacy Summary: If there was a vote held in the US on what to do about health care situation, the public health option would, according to polls, win by a landslide. And, yet, single payer advocates weren’t even allowed into the hallowed halls of democracy by Senator Baucus, who has received more funds from health and insurance corporations than any other member of the Senate.
Americans overwhelmingly support substantial changes to the health care system and are strongly behind one of the most contentious proposals Congress is considering, a government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
The poll found that most Americans would be willing to pay higher taxes so everyone could have health insurance and that they said the government could do a better job of holding down health-care costs than the private sector.
Stacy: Note the word “contentious” – it is apparently only contentious for the lobbyists and their congresspeople they apparently own.
Support for public health insurance: 72% in favor, 20% opposed, 7% no opinion
Among Republicans: 50% favor, 39% oppose, 11% no opinion
Among Democrats: 87% in favor, 9% oppose, 4% no opinion
Willingness to pay higher taxes so all can have health care: 57% willing, 37% not willing, 6% no opinion
Among those making less than $50,000: 64% willing, 27% not willing, 8% no opinion
Among those making more than $50,000: 52% willing, 44% not willing, 4% no opinion