a Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University survey conducted in May 2007 found that 55% of respondents were unwilling to pay anything more in insurance premiums or taxes to increase the number of Americans who have health insurance. A Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll conducted last month found that only 25% of Americans were willing to pay $500 more per year insurance premiums for universal coverage—far less than even the most optimistic estimates of what it would cost.
David Brady and Daniel Kessler: Public Opinion and Health Reform - WSJ.com
The “public option” component of reform is an example of how details matter. Overall 53 percent in this poll favor a government-backed alternative to private insurance in general, a modest majority down a bit from 57 percent last month. But support rises sharply, to 72 percent, if the option is limited to people who do not receive insurance from an employer or through the existing Medicare or Medicaid programs, as called for in the House-passed version.
Last edited by Whip Comes Down; 11-17-09 at 04:57 PM.
The issue is where will the money come from to pay for health care reform?
The Dems would be bold enough to tell you directly to your face, "I'm going to tax your income at such and such level to pay for it," whereas the Reps take a backdoor approach and would rather tax your high-end goods and services just so they can say "We didn't take money out of your pocket - but they did."
Seems to me that's rather disingenuous, but hey! As long as we're all fighting amongst ourselves pointing figures at each opposing side of the policial divide, who cares, right?
Wake up, people. Misdirection, disinformation, fear tactics, a play on words...
Step away from the talking heads and talking points and figure things out on your own. Then and only then can some degree of common sense and rationale sink in. I'd much rather have legistlation that tells me exactly how I'm going to be affected where health care reform is concerned than to one day realize I'm paying too much in taxes for my health insurance. And should health insurance be taxed away? (As far as I know) It's one of the few things we buy today that isn't taxed.