Survey USA: 77% Favor Public Option in Health-Insurance Reform

SurveyUSA conducted a poll on health-insurance reform, basing its questions word-for-word on questions in the three most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls. (The Wall Street Journal is, of course, owned by the same company that owns Fox News.)

Question 2: In any health care proposal, how important do you feel it is to give people a choice of both a public plan administered by the federal government and a private plan for their health insurance–extremely important, quite important, not that important, or not at all important?

58 percent: Extremely important
19 percent: Quite important
 7 percent: Not that important
15 percent: Not at all important
 1 percent: Not sure

What this means is that, while the GOP disinformation campaign is playing front and center on cable news, the lies at its foundation are not fooling normal Americans.

Tea Baggers, Birthers, Deathers and Fox News viewers can’t seem to grasp what is obvious to everyone else: Just like we have public and private universities and public and private hospitals in this country, we will have public and private health insurance in the future– and we will be no more or less a “socialist” country then than we are now.

The key point about health-insurance reform that has been drowned out by the Republican/health-insurance lobby propaganda is the fact that the private insurance industry has failed. Private industry has failed to create programs that cover everyone. It has failed to contain costs. And it has failed to self-regulate on the issues of portability and preexisting conditions.

As we have learned in the wake of the Bush Recession, when industries fail, the government has to step in and protect the well-being and productivity of the nation.


  • Sam Simple
    September 1, 2009 - 7:04 am | Permalink

    The problem, as Mark Twain so eloquently put it, is that a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.

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