10 March 2009

Americans want more government involvement in health care

Or at least the option.

A recent poll by Lake Research for Health Care For America Now shows that there is "intense and widespread support" for the choice of a public health insurance plan, with 73% of voters favoring a choice of a public or private plan, including large majorities of Democrats and independents (77% and 79%) but surprisingly, even a high plurality of Republicans (63%).

A majority of respondents agreed that a public plan would spend less on profits, whereas only a quarter thought that a public plan would be "a big, government bureaucracy."   60% of voters thought that "if private insurers are really more efficient than government, then they won’t have any trouble competing with a public health insurance plan."

Think Progress reports that "According to the Commonwealth Fund, a public coverage program similar to Medicare would reduce projected health care costs by about $2 trillion over 11 years, and lower premiums by about 20% on average."

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