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SurveyUSA conducted a Poll in Mid-August -- prior to Obama's well-received Speech in September -- and they found that across the spectrum of Demographics Groups, a majority of Americans thought it was Extremely Important to have a Choice of a Public Option!

SurveyUSA Poll

Here is the Question which was asked, in a Survey of 1200 Americans, from all around the Country:

In any health care proposal, how important do you feel it is to give people a choice of both a public plan administered by the federal government and a private plan for their health insurance -- extremely important, quite important, not that important, or not at all important?

All Groups

Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.9%

Survey by SurveyUSA
Geography: USA 50 States
Data Collected: 08/19/2009
Release Date: 08/20/2009
Sponsor: PAC

All Males

All Females








No College

Age 18-34

Age 35-49

Age 50-64

Age 65+

Region Northeast

Region Midwest

Region South

Region West

................... also posted on docudharma

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 08:57 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

    by jamess on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 08:57:39 PM PDT

  •  OK - whre is the opposition? (4+ / 0-)

    We should can the debate and get this done.

    no remuneration was received by anyone for the writing of this message

    by ItsSimpleSimon on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 09:06:18 PM PDT

  •  70 Unions not for the public option (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Big Tex, CalliopeIrjaPearl

    instead pressuring the AFL CIO to endorse single payer.

    And by the way, the excellent Rich Trumka also favors single payer.

    Anthony Weiner pummeled the shit out of Obama's Help Insurance Companies Fuck You Even Deeper Act of 2009.

    Weiner pointed out on Bill Maher that insurance companies bring nothing to the table, no value added.  They are just taking our health care dollar, ripped off 30 cents and then sending the money on to the provider.  The government can do that for four cents.  No disruption at all in the system as Obama falsely asserted in his speech.  Bill Maher called Obama the liar that he is on this point.

    The Democratic Party has thrilled the biology community by creating a whole new class of invertebrates, utterly worthless in office. David Michael Green

    by neaguy on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 09:11:41 PM PDT

    •  Single Payer is obviously the superior Plan (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Larsstephens, CalliopeIrjaPearl

      but it is not likely to pass any time soon.

      If you have Charts and Polls on Single Payer,
      like those above, please post them. thx

      BTW, I think Anthony Weiner, will get Medicare-For-All passed someday.
      (I'm a big fan of his dogged determined-ness to get his rhetorical points across -- he is a great communicator, imo)

      Rep. Anthony Weiner Discusses Public Option Health Care Reform on Morning Joe - Part 1  

      [...  5:40 ]
      Anthony: But this isn't a Commodity, Joe. Health Care is NOT a Commodity.

      Joe: You say Health Care is different than everything else?

      Anthony: Health Care is NOT a Commodity! If I tell you tomorrow --
      [...  6:35 ]

      Anthony: ... you know, if you say to a 50-year old laid-off guy -- 50 -- 'you're going to get Medicare.' -- he's going to be pretty darn happy! Because he can't get Private Insurance for anything affordable.

      Medicare doesn't have to go Advertise, they don't have to put Profits into Administration ...

      Joe: yeah, yeah, OK ...

      Anthony: And Joe I asked you a Question: What is -- What are Health Insurance Plans doing to produce Health care? ... just tell me?  Health Insurance Companies?

      Joe:  Again, the Question, ah ah, I don't even understand the Question -- other than it's you trying to make the point, that 'We don't need Private Industry involved in Health Care, at all'.

      Anthony: Correct

      Joe: You are advocating with us today a complete take over, complete Government take over ...

      Anthony: Only if you think Medicare is a Government Take-over, do you?

      Rep. Anthony Weiner Discusses Public Option Health Care Reform on Morning Joe - Part 2

      In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

      by jamess on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 09:27:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  "No disruption at all in the ... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      ... system"?  

      "At all"?

      I think you are the liar, neaguy.  Or crazy.

      What do you call building from scratch an infrastructure capable of efficiently processing health care claims for 307 million people?

      Does that happen the month after a single payer bill is passed?  Or, do you expect it the hour after single payer is signed into law?

      Thank god we have a President who is smart enough to get more than anyone else could, and not stupid enough to listen to wackos like you.  

      You and Joe the Heckler are lying douches.  

      "Obama, Obama, I love ya, Obama; you're only November away" -- cute ginger kid

      by Tortmaster on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 10:24:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Nice work James, but as you know, (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jamess, Larsstephens

    "facts have a well known liberal bias."

    "I can't believe that Babe Ruth was a better player than Willie Mays." Sandy Koufax

    by Guadalupe59 on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 10:03:01 PM PDT

  •  By the way, Jamess, (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jamess, Larsstephens
    your diary deserves to be on the rec list!  Very excellent job!  Thanks for posting!!

    "Obama, Obama, I love ya, Obama; you're only November away" -- cute ginger kid

    by Tortmaster on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 10:36:44 PM PDT

    Recommended by:

    The Congress is back in session and doing the dirty work for the Medical Industrial Complex.

    mcconnell $3.3M, hatch $2.9M, baucus $2.8M, grassley $2.7M,
    lieberman $2.6M, burr $2.4M, ensign $2.4M, cornyn $2.2M, kyl $2.1M,
    conrad $2.1M, cantor $1.8M boehner $1.7M, coburn $1.2M, j wilson 800K  
    were paid by the Medical Industrial Complex to kill Health Care Reform.

    Citizens for Tax Justice pointed this out. The tax legislation enacted under cheney/bush from 2001 through 2006 will cost $2.48 trillion over the 2001-2010 period. This includes the revenue loss of $2.11 trillion that results directly from the cheney/bush tax cuts as well as the $379 billion in additional interest payments on the national debt. Over the upcoming decade (2010-2019), the costs of the health care proposals approved by three committees in the U.S. House of Representatives are projected to be around $1 trillion and deficit neutral(that means they're paid for). In 2010, when all the cheney/bush tax cuts are finally phased in, a staggering 52.5% of the benefits will go to the richest 5% of taxpayers. The cheney/bush tax cuts were deficit-financed(borrowed money from China), which increased the national debt and resulted in greater interest payments on that debt. cheney/bush never even tried to pay for their tax-cuts, they just threw Trillions of Dollars worth of debt on the backs of America's Children/GrandChildren and Future Generations. So, for the price of cheney/bush's tax-cuts for the wealthiest 5%, we could have had Health Care for ALL Americans. Instead Americans got BUPKUS and cheney/bush's republican  WAR-PROFITEERING/CRIMINAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS got TAX-CUTS and then got filthy rich off the Blood Money  from NO-BID, COST-PLUS FEDERAL CONTRACTS in IRAQ.

    12 Million Americans were denied Health Care Coverage by the Medical Industrial Complex because they had a Pre-Existing Medical Condition. 12K Americans lose Insurance Coverage everyday. Over 18K Americans die each day because they lack health insurance. (Source: WaPo Article 05' by Harvard Prof. E. Warren)

    Follow the Money: Link

    Call Congress and demand, Single-Payer Health Care for All!

    Sign Single-Payer Petition: Link

    Don't let the Medical Industrial Complex steal your Health Care from you and your family by donating huge sums of money to Crooked Politicians in order to maintain the Status Quo. Keep up the good fight.


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