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Front Page: The Public Wants a Public Healthcare Option

  • A majority of Americans want a public option for health insurance according to the latest poll. — WSJ
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PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 8 years
I have to say this whole polling thing.. i dont buy it. Period. And I have a feeling those who do buy it only do so on a convenient basis.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
I think they should've worded it differently. Public Health Insurance option from what I've seen what they're trying to change is the current insurance system. I just don't see private insurance competing against public/government-run insurance program, the latter has bottomless money (from taxpayers). :p I live in Oregon, and hardly got any poll questions. At all.
mermei mermei 8 years
Polls can get a "scientific" sampling size, but how they come out depends on how you word the question. The WP/ABC question is something generic about making government insurance available for people who can't afford private insurance. When asked if people support that even if it meant losing their employer-based insurance, the issue polls 2-to-1 against the public option. I'm more interested in the fact that the same poll as the one cited above still has more people opposed to the current bills in Congress than supportive. Maybe we'd all feel better about the process is we felt confident our Congressional representatives were reading these massive tomes. BTW, on the "who gets polled" question, when I lived in DC I got polled for everything. I'd get at least one phone call a month from some organization (government and media organizations included) asking questions; sometimes the questions were so biased to elicit certain answers I'd start laughing, and they'd inevitably hang up on me.
earnold14 earnold14 8 years
Spacekatgal - I know what you mean about conservative news talk's infuriating, how many people listen to that crap and believe every word they hear. My grandma recently started following these political news shows and now she posts rants and raves all over facebook about how Obama's a Nazi and democrats are socialists...**Sigh** oh grandma....
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
Come on Public Option.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
Oh forgot to add, hope one day you guys can have a proper healthcare system.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
While by no means perfect, knowing that if I or someone I love needs medical attention, all I (they)need to do is go to a doctor or to a hospital without worrying about a payment plan is fantastic. As much as I like certain things in the States, I would never trade my life in Canada for one south of the border.
PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 8 years
Hmm.. Who are these people being polled? I would love to know.
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