Saturday, September 26, 2009

New CBS/NY Times poll: 65% of Americans want the Public option.

At a time when Glenn Beck and his infamous tea party followers have given us a summer of raucous town hall meetings, replete with the hysteria that the right use as a substitute for argument, it appears that, for all their noise, they have simply failed to win over the American people to their argument.

65% of Americans favour a public option to compete with the insurance companies. That's a substantial amount in favour. It only goes to show that, for all their hysteria, the tea party protesters do not represent the American people as the lunatics on the right have claimed. They represent, at a mere 26%, a small minority of public opinion. It would be a tragedy if their views eventually triumph over that of the clear majority.

Obama and the Democrats should push ahead and give people what they want.


As Cenk points out, were the US a proper democracy, these figures would end all the arguments.


This is why this is so important. Here we find that a young woman has died of swine flu and that she didn't go to the doctor because she was uninsured and worried about the cost:

Reports now indicate that after initially getting sick, Young put off treatment because she was uninsured:

Young became ill about two weeks ago, but didn’t seek care initially because she didn’t have health insurance and was worried about the cost, according to Brent Mowery, her friend and former roommate. […]

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Young’s condition suddenly worsened and her roommate drove her to McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, where she was flown in critical condition to University Hospital in Cincinnati.

“That’s the most tragic part about it. If she had insurance, she would have gone to the doctor,” Mowery said.

Hat tip to Crooks and Liars.

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