Monday, September 27, 2010

Twice as many want a stronger health care bill than think it's 'socialistic'

After Congress passed a controversial health insurance reform law, the public was largely angry. Conventional wisdom had it that Americans thought the law too expansive and meddlesome. This seemed validated when hysterical mobs stormed last summer's 'town hall' meetings denouncing the health insurance law.

But a recent poll suggests that conventional wisdom was, as is often the case, wrong.

The media bought into the Tea Party-stoked fury. In their mind, there were only two significant populations: those who thought the health insurance reform bill was 'socialistic' and went way too far and those who thought it hunky dory. After all, there are two sides to every story.

Except when there are three.

It never occured to them that there might be a significant part of the population who thought the health insurance law did too LITTLE. It never occurred to them because the media perceived no political party advocating a stronger bill.

Of course, there were political parties, such as the Green Party, advocating Medicare for All, but the media pretends only two parties exist.

The Associated Press poll found that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1.

Additionally, The poll found that about four in 10 adults (40%) think the new law did not go far enough to change the health care system... On the other side, about one in five (20%) say they oppose the law because they think the federal government should not be involved in health care at all.

Only a quarter of those surveyed felt that 'minimal tinkering,' which is what the Obama bill does, would suffice to address flaws in the health system.

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