Poll: 60% Want Public Health Option, Do You Hear That Congress?

December 3, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Yet another poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans want a public option in any health care reform bill. Despite Republicans claiming that people don’t want a “government run” public option or “Socialized medicine,” the reality is just the opposite. Without a public option to provide competition in the marketplace, health care reform is virtually meaningless. The latest poll conducted by Thomson Reuters Corp. shows that just under 60 percent of those surveyed said, they would like a public option to be included in health care reform legislation.

The House recently passed a health reform bill with a limited public option. And the Senate is currently debating Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) health reform bill, with an opt-out public option. But conservative Democrats and Republicans are fighting hard to remove the public option from a final health care bill, despite that fact that it would significantly lower costs of health insurance and reduce the deficit.

The Reuter’s telephone poll contacted 2,999 households. And despite a majority of those surveyed showing a preference for a public option, a majority don’t believe that health care reform would lower costs or offer increased benefits in the short term.

These results indicate that lawmakers and the Obama administration need to do a better job of conveying the details of the health care proposals to the American public.

Below are the results from the health care poll:

* Believe in public option: 59.9 percent yes, 40.1 percent no.

* 86 percent of Democrats support the public option versus 57 percent of Independents and 33 percent of Republicans.

* Quality of healthcare will be better 12 months from now: 35 percent strongly disagree. 11.6 percent strongly agree. 29.9 percent put themselves in the middle.

* Believe the amount of money spent on healthcare will be less 12 months from now: 52 percent strongly disagree, 13 percent strongly agree.

* 23 percent believe it will be easier for people to receive the care they need a year from now.



18 Responses to “Poll: 60% Want Public Health Option, Do You Hear That Congress?”

  1. Isabel Welby on December 3rd, 2009 11:40 am

    There is nothing wrong with government- run socialized health care, it exists all over the world.

  2. Joe Hall on December 3rd, 2009 11:59 am

    We MUST have a public option. But more than that we have to keep saying this over and over again: “Insurance IS THE PROBLEM NOT THE SOLUTION”. Over and over and send it to the Senate. Even the disabled can’t get their benefits causing a huge spike in suicides. Yet NO ONE WILL report this or report the vast corruption in the Billion dollar bureaucratic business of “denial of patient’s rights).

  3. jacksmith on December 3rd, 2009 1:58 pm

    CRITICAL!! From jacksmith – Working Class

    My Fellow Americans and People Of The World

    A strong Government-run MEDICARE like Public Option is CRITICAL!!

    I have to tell you now that the H1N1 virus is a manmade WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION! and TERROR! It is a WEAPONIZED version of a flu virus. It has swept the planet infecting millions. And causing a global pandemic that has killed tens of thousands, and injured millions.

    The H1N1 virus is the product of the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! It was released in the U.S. in Texas in early January of this year, but not recognized until around April in California. The reason I know this is because when it came to America, it came to see me FIRST! How sweet…

    This was around the time the MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! assaulted the Whitehouse with all their devils deals to cripple and weaken YOUR! healthcare reform. Especially your right to have a single payer system like HR676 (Medicare For All) which most of you wanted.

    They don’t even want you to have your HUGE!!! compromise position of a strong government-run MEDICARE like Public Option CHOICE. To compete with their DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, MURDEROUS, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT PRODUCT (The single most deadly and dangerous product sold in America).

    They also wanted to take away your rights to have your government meet it’s responsibility to use it’s full power to regulate, negotiate, and control drug cost, healthcare cost and quality. Something every other civilized country in the developed World has done for it’s people. Their Greed! moral degeneracy and lack of patriotism knows no bounds.

    Many of you will remember that before we knew about H1N1. I posted a open message to the President and Congress warning them to be vigilant about their health, and cautious about any medical advice they received. As I said then “they will not hesitate to try and hurt you”.

    The U.S. and the World have been under a BIOLOGICAL TERROR ATTACK! for over a year now. It is CRITICAL that We The People Of The United States take away control of our healthcare system from the GREED DRIVEN MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!

    For our own National security, and the security of the world.

    A Strong, government-run, MEDICARE like Public Option CHOICE. Available to everyone on day one, with the full unfettered power of the federal government to regulate, negotiate, and control cost and quality. Would be the most workable way to deal with this global crisis at this time. Including patent suspensions as needed for national security or the greater good.

    As an American I invite the peoples of the World to help us fix our healthcare crisis. And bring pressure on our government to meet it’s responsibility to protect global security by controlling, and removing the corrupting influence of GREED and the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT motivations from healthcare in the U.S. and around the World.

    I call on the governments of the World and the global intelligence community to track down these MASS MURDERERS, and bring them to justice. CONNECT THE DOTS! And be vigilant that they don’t slip in another viral strain on you under the cloak of H1N1 sequestration.

    Further, the proposed patent protection on biologic’s must be stripped from the US bill. And greatly shorten/restricted, or abolished completely. This is a grave danger to humanity and global security.

    I think President Obama is doing the best he can at playing the disastrous deck of cards he inherited from the previous administration. And I think he is doing an excellent job. But the wolves and devils of the medical industrial complex! are trying to exploit, and take advantage of his good heart, and desperate desire to help suffering Americans. But we must be strong and insist that healthcare reform be done right for the American people. Or everyone loose’s.

    This is all I can say in a message post. I’ll try to find a way to tell you more later.

    God Bless You My Fellow Human Beings

    jacksmith – Working Class

    p.s. The so-called nominal H1N1 virus is designed in such a way as to make it more lethal to children and young adults. The medical community must be more vigilant of secondary bacterial infections in the young caused by H1N1. And remember, a viral infection is also a transfer of genetic code to you. Think about it, and be vigilant. 🙁

  4. Vickie on December 3rd, 2009 2:10 pm

    I saw a Reuters story that said the majority of Americans do not think a public option will bring down costs, do think it will limit accessability to doctors, but do want the option? It flies in the face of logic for anyone to want to pay more for less. The taxpayers, especially elderly will pay a high price for this.

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  9. thomas reid on December 3rd, 2009 4:09 pm

    The public option (as well as expansion of Medicare), which will lead to a single payer system, is rooted in nothing more than Congressional and Administration intellectual laziness – the intellectual laziness that comes from the conclusion that government has to be the answer for every social/societal ill.

    Letter from the Department of Health Education and Welfare (April 1959), predecessor of HHS, to the House Ways and Means Committee: In our society the existence of a problem does not necessarily indicate that action by the Federal Government is desirable. The basic question is: Should the Federal Government at this time undertake a new program to help pay the costs of medical care…, or should it wait and see [first if other options are effective]?

    When your children are paying 60% of their income in taxes to support a government run (and all that comes with this) rather than a citizen run country, they’ll have you to thank.

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  14. Sly from Michigan on December 5th, 2009 10:50 pm

    Rueters must have conducted their survey outside the United States. I have been following the polls for some time now, in fact I just went back to recheck. Here are figures from Pollster, and all the polls they compute their figures from since November.

    Health Care

    Oppose 49.8%
    Favor 39.2%

    Pollster Dates N/Pop Favor Oppose Undecided
    Rasmussen 11/28/09 1000 LV 41 53 6
    Rasmussen 11/21-22/09 1000 LV 38 56 6
    USA Today/Gallup 11/20-22/09 1017 A 44 49 7
    Ipsos/McClatchy 11/20-22/09 1176 A 34 46 3
    FOX 11/17-18/09 900 RV 35 51 14
    Democracy Corps (D) 11/12-16/09 1200 LV 43 49 9
    Quinnipiac 11/9-16/09 2518 RV 35 51 14
    CBS News 11/13-15/09 873 A 40 45 15
    CNN 11/13-15/09 1014 A 46 49 5
    PPP (D) 11/13-15/09 1066 RV 40 52 8
    ABC/Post 11/12-15/09 1001 A 48 49 3
    Pew 11/12-15/09 1003 A 42 39 19
    Rasmussen 1/13-14/09 1000 LV 47 49 5
    Public Opinion Strategies (R)
    11/9-11/09 700 RV (29 40
    AP-GfK 11/5-9/09 1006 A 39 45 3
    Rasmussen 11/7-8/09 1000 LV 45 52 3
    Gallup 11/5-8/09 1008 A 43 48
    AP-GfK/RWJF/Stanford 10/29-11/8/09 1006 A 41 43 4
    Pew 10/28-11/8/09 2000 A 38 47 19
    YouGov/Polimetrix 11/1-3/09 1000 A 51 49
    Ipsos/McClatchy 10/29-11/1/09 1077 A 39 49 9

    (sorry I couldn’t line the columns better)

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  16. jAN on December 16th, 2009 12:56 pm

    the reason people want the public option..is because they don’t know what it is! It takes away your choice…You will be FORCED to do what the govt. says and get less for more $$..You will be penalized if you go elsewhere other than Govt drs and medical care! WE ARE UNIQUE…WE HAVE A CONSTITUTION..not like other countries…Blood was spilled fighting for the rights we Had/Have…and Obama is taking them away…sweden did not buy Saab car co……OBAMA OWNS CHRYSLER AND GM….OWNS PRIVATE COMPANIES, BAILS OUT TO THE TUNE OF TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS, AND EXECS FROM THOSE COMPANIES get huge bonuses!!! Something wrong with this…YOU ARE GOING TO BE HIT WITH TAXES WHERE YOU WILL BE TOTALLY DEPENDANT ON THE GOVT…NO WAY..FIGHTING HARD TO GET THEM OUT OF OUR LIVES….oNCE THEY GET IN, THEY WILL run your lives! Bank accts will be under their scrutiny, your medical records….care when they tell you you can have care…i.e…no mammograms??? What’s wrong with this picture..WHAT HAS THE FED GOVT EVER RUN WELL? answer: NOTHING, EXCEPT GIVING THEMSELVES A RAISE…Social Security recipients, no COST OF LIVING RAISE, CONGRESSS GOT IT THOUGH!

  17. jAN on December 16th, 2009 3:00 pm

    funny yours is the only poll that says majority of americans want this…what the hell did you ask???? Get the govt out…Everything they touch costs trillions and is inefficient…Private industry, with profit motive, is motivated and does a great job for less $$$

  18. Leo on January 25th, 2010 11:47 am

    Response to Vicki – Look up who spends more per person on healthcare. Canada or US? Canada spends less but covers everyone. Canadians live longer. You can offer quality health care to everyone if your society works on getting it done.

    In Canada, you can go to any doctor you want. Can you do that in the States? No, you are limited by your network and your cash reserves. You have LESS FREEDOM OF CHOICE in the American system.

    You are beholden to profit. Your insurance companies PROFIT when they deny care.

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