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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:45 AM
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Poll: Favorable views of health reform law increasing among Americans
Poll: Favorable views of health reform law increasing among Americans
By David S. Hilzenrath
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 30, 2010; 3:23 AM



The health-care overhaul gained popularity from May to June, according to a new tracking poll.

The results suggest that the Obama administration's promotion of the legislation may be paying off or that the public may be warming to the law as early provisions take effect.

The Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 48 percent of the public had a favorable view of the law in June while 41 percent had an unfavorable opinion. A month earlier, the split was 41 percent favorable to 44 percent unfavorable.

more...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:05 AM
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1. So will this be a non issue in the midterms...or does it depend on
which districts the Reps that voted for it are in? I personally think it is still going to be the economy that is the #1 issue.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:11 AM
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2. It seems a lot of rethugs don't care to pursue hcr repeal, so
the economy seems like it will take top billing, not that they want to help fix that either.

Health-Care Reform Repeal Petition Garners Few Signatures

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/29/health-care-re...
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:12 AM
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3. Looks like that is not their rallying call anymore!
LOL
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:17 AM
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9. That is good to hear
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 10:20 AM by karynnj
I was alarmed when my "old money" republican congressman spoke of wanting to repeal it during the primaries. What I wonder if there are others, in more vulnerable districts who now have similar quotes on the record.

One way this could hurt them - is that if they are forced to either stick with what is becoming a very unpopular opinion or to anger the hate radio fueled based that takes the need to repeal it as a core belief. Could this diminish their vaunted enthusiasm - closing that enthusiasm gap.

(trying to turn it around, imagine Democrats said they did not want to roll back the Bush tax cuts on the wealthy in elections in 2004, 2006 and 2008. I think it would have made us less energized.)
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:24 PM
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15. Even most of the insane ones know it's a quixotic undertaking.
They'd never get a majority in both houses to overturn, and even if they did the President wouldn't sign a repeal of his own bill. That'd mean they'd need two-thirds, and if they honestly think this will ever happen then they are doing some serious drugs.
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dccrossman Donating Member (530 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:27 AM
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4. Midterms will be jobs, jobs, economy, and whoever GOTV
So, what are democrats doing with their majorities? Worrying about deficits and causing economic and job growth to slow.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:38 AM
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6. Exactly the economy drives almost every election--that and war.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:37 AM
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5. Of course the media as a whole would have you believe it's highly unpopular.
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:51 AM
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7. This will not be welcome news here, but thanks for posting. With the
"noise" fading away, perhaps people are beginning to actually look at the benefits. Rec.
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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:02 AM
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8. Wait til they are forced to buy crap insurance that covers very little at a high price...!
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 10:04 AM by grahamhgreen
My co-worker was living in Mass, working a crap job.

$360/month was the cheapest plan he could get. the deductible was huge. coverage marginal.


Let's expand Medicare in reconciliation.

PS - 48% is still a minority. Far fewer than the 70+ percent who want a public option.
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LiberalLovinLug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 11:58 AM
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11. The MSM has done a "great" job in not explaining
I'm not gloating, but here in Canada I pay roughly 1/10 of that per month. And that's only if I am working at a full time job. If unemployed I pay nothing. All full coverage, choice of doctors, no preconditions etc...

I am amazed how the MSM fleeced the public there by never explaining the benefits of Single Payer Health Care or having on experts or doctors who could.
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Gordan Shumway Donating Member (162 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:14 PM
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17. 70+ percent wanted a public option?
I wish, but entirely unlikely with the 20% deadenders who still think Bush was good and the other 20% percent who are ashamed to admit to being Republican. I'd like to see some evidence that 70+ percent want a public option. Do you have a link to a reputable poll that corroborates that? Thanks.
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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 05:18 PM
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18. (CBS) A clear majority of Americans -- 72 percent -- support a government-sponsored health care
"(CBS) A clear majority of Americans -- 72 percent -- support a government-sponsored health care plan to compete with private insurers, a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds."







"When presented with the option of a government-administered health
insurance plan something like Medicare to competewith private health
insurance companies, 72% are infavor and just 20% oppose. Even 50%
of Republicansfavor that.

GOVT. HEALTH PLAN TO COMPETEWITH PRIVATE INSURERS
Favor 72%
Oppose 20

But reactions are mixed as to whether the government shouldgo as far
as requiringall Americans to have health insurance, as long as it
provides financial help to those who cant afford it on their own.
48% think the government should require this, while 38% think it
should not.

SHOULD GOVT. REQUIRE EVERYONE TO HAVE INSURANCE?
Yes 48%
No 38
Dont know 14 "

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/19/opinion/polls...


Obama simply refused to fight for us - I hope he steps up to the plate soon... It's his turn to bat!
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KingFlorez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:26 AM
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10. It's setting in that the reforms are very beneficial
The issue is really falling off the radar because people are becoming more informed about the reforms.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:21 PM
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12. and so it should!
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:20 PM
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13. It is going to take a while for the fact that there are no cost controls to sink in
The bill won't be an election issue mainly because 85% of the population is not going to get expensively sick, so they won't notice changes in the deductible. And luckily, the Repubs are stupid enough to insist on complete repeal instead of just campaigning against the unpopular parts, to wit the mandate and the benefits tax.
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:23 PM
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14. It's cause the RW juggernaut has turned its guns elsewhere.
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MadBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 04:03 PM
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16. I agree with your subject title, I just have a problem with the sample for the poll
I think they may have oversampled Democrats by a little bit. I believe it was Dems 35, Repubs 25, Indies 31.
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