Most in U.S. want public health option: poll
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Americans would like to see a "public option" in health insurance reform but doubt anything Congress does will lower costs or improve care in the short term, according to a poll released on Thursday.
The survey of 2,999 households by Thomson Reuters Corp shows a public skeptical about the cost, quality and accessibility of medical care.
Just under 60 percent of those surveyed said they would like a public option as part of any final healthcare reform legislation, which Republicans and a few Democrats oppose.
I don't put much stock in polls but found this interesting because I have seen so many who are against reform post polls showing most don't want a public option.
I'll be honest, I'm not sold on the idea myself but mostly due to the deficit and economy right now. All the arguments against sound just like the HMO's and other types of ins that we currently have, as far as wait times and bureaucrats making healthcare decisions, so I don't see that healthcare would be worse.
Answer by Friday at 2:59 PM on Dec. 3, 2009
Answer by sweetie00 at 3:00 PM on Dec. 3, 2009
Polls only count when they fit someone's agenda..They will find all kinds of fault with this!
I know people want this......beyond that, we NEED it.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:06 PM on Dec. 3, 2009
Many people still think Public Option = FREE coverage. Many don't realize the public option still has monthly premiums, co-pays, and deductibles. That alone skews the results. Others believe we will be getting UHC if this bill passes. We aren't.
Yes, people want health care reform. People also want to win the lottery. However, the odds against both are high. We won't get REAL reform with this bill, we will get SOME reform with this bill. Whether the results will be positive or not won't be know until years later.
Remember, people wanted school reform, and we got NCLB.
Answer by mancosmomma at 3:17 PM on Dec. 3, 2009
Many people still think Public Option = FREE coverage.
Do you have any evidence of that? Not one person I know who is for the public option thinks it will be free.
Answer by Friday at 3:33 PM on Dec. 3, 2009
Answer by 29again at 3:37 PM on Dec. 3, 2009
That is why I said I don't put much stock in polls, too easy to skew to get the results you want. I understand not wanting the govt in your healthcare but how would that be better or worse than having private, for profit, corporations in your healthcare decisions? Everything those who are against the public option whine about happening, is already happening just with private companies.
Answer by Friday at 3:53 PM on Dec. 3, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 4:28 PM on Dec. 3, 2009
Answer by mancosmomma at 4:47 PM on Dec. 3, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 4:55 PM on Dec. 3, 2009