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Health Insurance Reform Poll

Postby AaronCT » Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:52 am

This may have already been covered here elsewhere but I thought I'd start a new thread on it anyway.

When asked about Obama's plan (without being given any details about what the legislation includes), 49 percent opposed it and 40 percent were in favor. But after hearing key features of the legislation described, 48 percent supported the plan and 43 percent remained opposed.

The NEWSWEEK Poll asked respondents about eight health-care-reform provisions that Obama and many Democrats in Congress have generally supported. It found that the majority of Americans supported five of those provisions, three by particularly large margins. Eighty-one percent agreed with the creation of a new insurance marketplace, the exchange, for individual subscribers to compare plans and buy insurance at a competitive rate. Seventy-six percent thought health insurers should be required to cover anyone who applies, including those with preexisting conditions; and 75 percent agreed with requiring most businesses to offer health insurance to their employees, with incentives for small-business owners to do so.

Not all Democrat positions received such high marks. Imposing a fine on individuals who do not buy health insurance was the least popular provision, supported by only 28 percent and opposed by 62 percent. Fifty-five percent opposed the so-called Cadillac tax on the most expensive health-insurance plans.

The shift in support for health-care reform, after learning specific information about it, was most noticeable among women. Their support went from 42 to 52 percent supportive after hearing the main provisions. Democrats and liberals saw similar shifts. Republicans were much less likely to be swayed by hearing the details; they moved from 15 percent supportive to 18 percent after learning more. There was also little movement among self-described independent voters; after hearing details of the plan, 57 percent were still opposed—down slightly from 62 percent before they knew any specifics.

While the poll indicates high support for key health-care-reform provisions, Americans are, by and large, dissatisfied with Washington's handling of the issue. Only 39 percent approve of how Obama has managed the push for reforming the medical system. But the public is even less supportive of how Congress has handled the debate: only 27 percent approve of the performance by Democrats in Congress and 21 percent for their Republican counterparts...

http://www.newsweek.com/id/233890

This poll basically confirmed what I already suspected... the majority of opposition to health insurance and healthcare reform is do to ignorance and the partisan atmosphere that has been created by politicians and the right-wing media.
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Re: Health Insurance Reform Poll

Postby Hoppy49 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:46 am

I concur. I find it particularly disconcerting that last spring, before a summer of corporate financed lies & discontent based on those lies, 60% + were for healthcare reform with a public option and the GOP ignored it. After the public option was removed & the unrefuted fantasies gone unanswered, the approval rating dropped below 50% and NOW the GOP hypes the numbers w/o consideration to the reasons for the decline being based on false opinion, not fact. When those who dont already have their minds made up (and dont try confusing them with the facts) are given an honest assessment of the healthcare bill, the numbers change dramatically. If I were a dem/indy running in 2010, every lie and misinformed opinion would be out for all to see. The American people dont like liars and hypocites and the loud minority dont have the numbers they need to overrule the majority and common sense. The other point to be made is that the healthcare system, unchanged, will destroy the economy & the middle class in 20 years. The truth will free us from the obstructionism that has given leadership & progressive thinking a bad name.
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Re: Health Insurance Reform Poll

Postby AaronCT » Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:51 pm

Americans like a winner.

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Re: Health Insurance Reform Poll

Postby BrooklynBilly » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:50 am

AaronCT wrote:Americans like a winner.

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They also don't like the health care bill.


A CBS News poll released Wednesday finds that nearly two in three Americans want Republicans in Congress to continue to challenge parts of the health care reform bill.


http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162- ... 03544.html
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Re: Health Insurance Reform Poll

Postby dejapig » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:57 am

"continue to challenge parts" = "don't like entire bill" in billy-speak. :roll:
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Re: Health Insurance Reform Poll

Postby 1WILD1 » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:57 pm

They want to continue to challenge parts until it is so watered down it's useless. I think we gave up too much to the Republicants already in regards to this bill. I'm so sorry....did I say bill? I meant LAW! :grin:

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Re: Health Insurance Reform Poll

Postby AaronCT » Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:18 pm

BrooklynBilly wrote:http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20001117-503544.html


Looks like the bill got a post vote boost in the CBS Poll too.
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I expect the more people get to know about this bill the more they will like it. Of course those on the Right know this too which is why I expect them to continue do everything the can to spread disinformation, lies, and spin about it.
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Re: Health Insurance Reform Poll

Postby Hoppy49 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:35 am

Just before the healthcare bill was passed Boehner & his idolitors repeatedly stated the majority of the American people did not want healthcare reform based on a poll that found 46% against vs 42% for passage. Terrible thing those lousy dems are doing, against the will of the people. Socialism. Not no but hell no! The poll they cited did in fact use those numbers,however an honest review of the poll shows that an additional 13% were for healthcare reform but didnt believe the bill went far enough to protect consumers. Let me see...42 + 13 = 55. 55 ^ 42. 50 +1 =majority. Its no wonder you boys lost the healthcare debate,either you cant add or you dont recognize the truth. No wonder even the teapartiers are jumping ship. The 1 true constant in the healthcare debate is the 60%+ approval for healthcare with a public option,14 months running. If you good ol boys are so concerned with doing the will of the majority, how about facing the truth & end the obstructionism that has brought our government to an impasse of filibuster gridlock? In a democracy the will of the majority rules. What do you have against democracy?
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Re: Health Insurance Reform Poll

Postby IrishEyes » Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:02 pm

There are people that I work with that still believe that the bill was a government take over of healthcare. One person was concerned that her friend was going to lose her job as a salesperson for a healthcare insurance provider, now that no one would need to buy it. Also, our CEO stood up in front of all employees and said our health insurance premiums would probably be increasing due to the fact that the doctors and other providers would be receiving their payments from the federal government, which would increase the amount of time it took them to be paid, that would increase their costs, and they would pass these costs along....I didn't really follow his line of reasoning. There is still a lot of misinformation and confusion concerning this law.

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Re: Health Insurance Reform Poll

Postby keithaddict » Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:20 pm

To the Republicans, having substantive minimums for insurance coverage (like all members of Congress have in their insurance pools) is too much gov't control of the omnipotent free-market system. And I'm not making that up, Paul Ryan said that during the 6 hour health summit. In the end, I'm glad we did this without them.
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Re: Health Insurance Reform Poll

Postby keithaddict » Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:24 pm

IrishEyes wrote:There are people that I work with that still believe that the bill was a government take over of healthcare. One person was concerned that her friend was going to lose her job as a salesperson for a healthcare insurance provider, now that no one would need to buy it. Also, our CEO stood up in front of all employees and said our health insurance premiums would probably be increasing due to the fact that the doctors and other providers would be receiving their payments from the federal government, which would increase the amount of time it took them to be paid, that would increase their costs, and they would pass these costs along....I didn't really follow his line of reasoning. There is still a lot of misinformation and confusion concerning this law.


Yeah, my mom told me she got into an argument with one of her co-workers who had literally said that the bill is communist health care that will be awful for anyone who works and only benefit lazy poor people. These are people who get their information from right-wing talk radio and Fox News. If they would just go to c-span.org and download the damn bill they could stop bitching already. Even the guy who runs the local book shop who I always thought of as kind of a hippy tried to warn me right before the bill passed that the government would be in control of every aspect of our lives if it did. And he was dead serious. I didn't know if it was appropriate to laugh, so I just sighed.
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