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Balancing the government's role on health care

Health care reform's most controversial element - the creation of a government-sponsored insurance plan to compete with private health insurers - centers on the eternal Washington conflict that defines party lines on so many issues: How much of a role should the government play?

In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, views on the public option and on the level of government involvement in the proposed reforms are sharply divided along party lines. Here's a look at the crosstabs.

Q. Would you support or oppose having the government create a new health insurance plan to compete with private health insurance plans? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

             -- Support ---   --- Oppose ---
             NET   Strongly   NET   Strongly
All          57       36      40       31

Democrat     77       55      19       12
Republican   26       10      69       57
Independent  57       34      42       33

Q. (IF OPPOSE/NO OPINION FOR GOVERNMENT PLAN) What if this government-sponsored plan was run by state governments and was available only to people who did not have a choice of affordable private insurance? In that case would you support or oppose this idea?

Combined initial support/state-run:

             ------- Support -------
             NET   At first   Now do   Oppose
All          76       57        19       23

Democrat     86       77         9       12
Republican   56       26        30       43
Independent  77       57        21       23

Q. Do you think the health care plan creates too much government involvement in the nation's health care system, not enough government involvement or about the right amount?

           Too much   Not enough   Right amount
All           42          21            34

Democrat      18          33            47
Republican    76           8            14
Independent   43          19            34

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  October 19, 2009; 5:26 PM ET
Categories:  Health care , Post Polls  | Tags: government health insurance poll, public option poll, washington post poll  
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Comments

I wish to be so clear even the Congress, the White House and yes that valiant 4th Estate can understand. Here it goes. Listen up!
The American people, and I am one of them, should have the exact same taxpayer funded health-dental plan(s), options and premium costs ($550 per YEAR) that all members of Congress and their families have. That includes the same alternative options and access to the military health system that members of congress have 24/7. That's it. Seem's simple enough to me. If it is good enough for Congress it is good enough for me.

Posted by: KBlit | October 19, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I have always been a staunch Democrat; however, if the Senate and House does not pass the health care reform WITH the public option, I will actively campaign against them in the next election!!! They are in control in the legislature and they had better keep their votes together or they will be out of office soon. I hear my fellow quiet Democrats say the same thing.

Posted by: jally48750 | October 19, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Once again The Washington Compost has happily joined hands with the Obama crowd. This poll does not beak down (that I can see) the number of Democrats and Republicans or Independents. If it's the normal Post poll, it'll lean 60% Democrats and 30% GOP and 10% Independents. Besides, the people who support a government option IF (and a BIG IF) it competes with private insurance. Those who voiced support in the phony poll did not support any of the bills in the House or Senate! This poll asks for their opinion for bills that do not exist in either House of Congress. So what good is this poll? Poll after poll shows a clear majority oppose ObamaCare! Regaardless of these phony polls...

Posted by: denves | October 19, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

The wording and the "numbers behind the poll" clearly show this is garbage. Rahm probably created this and gave her the numbers to call.

Posted by: mattpkp | October 20, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

The problem with a 'public' health care system is that the wording in HR3200 and two of the other bills in Congress is that they extend Fourteenth Amendment 'due process' privileges to anyone who comes across a border or steps off a plane. The wording allows a civil 'rights' attorney to force any medical facility or provider to extend hundreds of thousand of dollars in medical care to non-citizens at a probale yearly cost to taxpayers of $25 billion. It would be nice to know if this survey counted the overwhelming support for 'state' processes existed because the survey responders (1000 people) understood that the 'public' healthcare was extended only to state citizens. Does public support assume the option would be for citizens only or not?

Posted by: arjay1 | October 20, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Its clear for all that,all this trouble about Health is not necessary!Because we know health only give money to any Nation.Behind of it all theres is sometnong more,than only the money...you need to see like an Eagle do,because there is something more...and it smell ...power!!!

Posted by: rrmb534 | October 20, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Post-ABC polls have NO crediblity, whatsoever.

Posted by: Texasdav | October 20, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Man, you guys are really pushing this poll. Its in all your articles. Whew!

Posted by: 45upnorth | October 20, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I wish to be so clear even the Congress, the White House and yes that valiant 4th Estate can understand. Here it goes. Listen up!
The American people, and I am one of them, should have the exact same taxpayer funded health-dental plan(s), options and premium costs ($550 per YEAR) that all members of Congress and their families have. That includes the same alternative options and access to the military health system that members of congress have 24/7. That's it. Seem's simple enough to me. If it is good enough for Congress it is good enough for me.

Posted by: KBlit | October 19, 2009 5:52 PM

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KBlit - You said it better than anyone else. Right on. If it is good enough for the general public, then it has to be good enough for Congress.

I don't have much faith in an ABC pool, especially the way the question was worded. I hope people are waking up to the fact that there is so much pork, junk and just plain pay-offs in this Healthcare bill that they have to keep fighting against its passage. Do something, yes - but not at the expense of our whole healthcare system WHICH IS NOT BROKEN!

If we aren't careful we are going to end up with some wonderful ideas that our liberal friends have come up with like the 'cash for golf carts' which is now being paid out in various states. Wonder how that is working to 'stimulate' the economy??

Posted by: nancycrichton | October 20, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

This poll is seriously flawed. It is not a valid and reliable poll. The conclusions drawn relative to the questions asked in the survey do not come to a valid conclusion. This poll is designed to manipulate the facts and portray false representation of the public's true beliefs about the public option. Shame on you pollsters!

Posted by: sr582 | October 20, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I see on the news this morning that your poll is slanted. According to the news the Washington Post poll has only 20% republicans. You are doing exactly the same thing that you guys are accusing FOX News of doing...just report the news and stop trying to create news. No wonder the liberal leaning newspapers are going bankrupt, people can't trust your hard news facts so they won't buy your paper.

Posted by: faktcheker | October 21, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Yesterday's CNN poll and today's Rasmussen poll both show obama's popularity and credibility numbers dropping like world temperatures. And, because remaking the healthcare industry is where Obama is focusing his attention and resources, it's reasonable to conclude that most people don't trust this man or this congress to meddle with it. The more they learn about what the Democrats are trying to push through, the more the American people reject it.

Posted by: RossOdom | October 21, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

In conclusion, the poll says that

The Public option is accepted by the majority of American only if:

1) It competes FAIRLY with the private sector,

2) If there is MINIMUM GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE.

Obviouly, nothing to do with what the Democrats in Congress are pushing for. They are angry with the private sector and they are pushing for a bill in which the government will take over the health system.

We are stupid enough to not see the facts. Therefore, we deserve whatever garbage they will approve.

Posted by: cristina1999us | October 21, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

The problem is ABC/WASHINGTON POST polling data had always been tainted. They are remarkably biased towards the liberal point of view, rather than reality. Anyone that would believe their data would go to a fast food restaurant for open heart surgery.

Posted by: bradford2 | October 26, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

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