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Health care polls remain stubborn

By Ben Pershing
The story of health-care reform since the summer has been nothing less than epic. There have been tea parties and blowups in Congress, tens of millions spent on television ads and many millions more on lobbyists and PR campaigns. The public option appeared dead, then came back to life while abortion and immigration flashed into serious controversies. The House passed its reform bill, the most sweeping social legislation approved by the chamber in decades, and now the Senate is struggling toward its own debate.

But through all that turmoil, there is one element of the reform saga that really hasn't changed much -- the polls.

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll "shows Americans deeply divided over the proposals under consideration and majorities predicting higher costs ahead," with 48 percent supporting Democrats' reform plans and 49 percent opposed. Those numbers are close to unchanged from the same poll taken three months ago, which had 45 percent in support and 50 percent opposed. In that survey, a combined 67 percent of respondents felt strongly one way or the other, while the new poll puts the number at 69 percent. ABC News notes the "essentially even split" despite the fact that "negatives abound: Fifty-four percent of insured Americans think it'll increase their own costs; among all, 56 percent think it'll raise overall costs, six in 10 think it could shut down many private insurers and 61 percent oppose covering abortions in federally supported plans."

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By Ben Pershing  |  November 17, 2009; 8:36 AM ET
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We want to IMPROVE our health care system. However, Obamacare (in all its manipulative, Orwellian versions) has NOTHING to do with improving our health care system. It's just another power grab, another criminal scam that will further destroy our health care, destroy our economy, increase unemployment, steal money from our children and grandchildren, multiply our deficit, and enslave us through lies, manipulation, intimidation and coercion.

Imitating Hugo Chavez, Obama wants to nationalize everything, including our health care system! "Hey, Obama has just nationalized nothing more and nothing less than General Motors. Comrade Obama!" Chavez cheered on Venezuelan TV. He added that he and Cuba's Fidel Castro would now have to work harder just to keep up.

Fortunately, as we can see from the comments here, most Americans have NOT been dumbed down. Most Americans DO NOT WANT to put the power of life and death in Obama’s ACORN-type bureaucracy. They will do whatever necessary to defend themselves, their children and grandchildren from the abomination of Obamacare and socialism/communism.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | November 17, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing wrong with true health care reform. But we, as the American people, need to read the bill as passed by the House. Forget partisan politics and read the bill and study the terminology. I think that you will find that, as they implement the "in-home visits" to "teach us how to promote health" to our children, we lose the right to raise our own children. As they "allow a public option" they will subsidize it and put the private industry (called "competition") out of business. We will also find that as we get older and they continue to defund Medicare, we will be euthanized for cost-justification.
We will also find that the care we have been used to will cease, as the nurses and doctors are forced into the labor unions which have destroyed the auto-manufacturing industry.

We will also see that, as they (the govt) pass "healthcare reform" the USDA/FDA will continue to take bribes to turn their backs on the inspections at food manufacturing plants, processing plants, etc., and E. coli, salmonella (and worse to come) will continue to run rampant - taking lives as it grows out of control.

We will also see the passing of NAIS (National Animal Identification System) which will destroy the "eat fresh - eat local" movement because the small farmers (like me) will be crushed under the paperwork and costs. In the end we will also suffer from illnesses that are and will continue to be the result of industrialized food systems that are wrought from genetic engineering and more chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. This will bring about the next "dust bowl" as the ground is raped and destroyed, and the "famines" that we in this country are starting to feel the affect from (and will increase as the unchecked mega-AG corps continue down this path) will cause the most unhealthy society ever known to mankind.

All for the sake of profit and totalitarian government control of the people.

Unfortunately, increased government involvement adds a level of greed, lust for power and deception that cannot be combated.
I call it "poison for profits".

Posted by: kyfarmer | November 17, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

We all agree that health care reform is a necessity.

Most of us wish that the Democrats and Republicans sit down and work out a reform package that takes the best ideas from both sides.

Most of us are worried about the cost of the Democratic plans and what they would do to the deficit and how their ambitious desires would be paid for.

Why can't Reid and Pelosi adopt some of the Republican ideas that have been presented?

Posted by: mwhoke | November 17, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: scrivener50 | November 17, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Just because it is a divided issue does not mean it should be scrapped. After all, 50-50 does mean half of America wants reform...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | November 17, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

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